December 18, 2009

My Journey to God

A Different Christmas

It is the Advent season and great joy erupts,
Welling up to become praise and glory,
Manifested in the voices of believers,
Carols and hymns toll out the great story.

A child is born of humble mortal lineage,
A birth that fulfills the ancient prophecies,
The coming of a Savior for all humankind,
Prophecies predicted over many centuries.

Have we really felt the greatness of Christmas?
Christmas that is a true gift from God alone,
The gift of His only beloved Son to all of us,
The seed from the root of Jessie’s stem is sown.

Be done with the ordinary Christmas season.
Enjoy a different Christmas, where we give ourselves away,
And have a joyous Christ-like Christmas,
And pray that we share Christ’s love each day.

By Thomas J. Rillo

(Thomas J. Rillo is a member of St. Charles Borromeo Parish in Bloomington, and is a Benedictine oblate of Saint Meinrad Archabbey. This poem was inspired by a visit to a shopping mall during the Christmas season replete with advertisements of consumerism.)

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