It’s panic time for the procrastinators – or maybe they are so used to doing things at the last minute that they don’t panic. We have reached the height of the gift giving season and last minute shoppers are on the move. The discounts and sales lure us in, and the commercials entice us with their promises.
The promises are implied. Gadgets and household items seem to promise happiness. Sport items seem to promise fulfillment. The right clothes or the right car seem to promise success and confidence. And yet none of this is true. We may get fleeting moments of happiness, quick thrills, temporary excitement but it all fades before the shine is off the gift.
The perfect gift would have to be a surprise and even better, something we didn’t know even existed, and if we had known about it – we would have yearned for it. Additionally, the perfect gift fills a need we have – whether or not we are aware of the need. So what’s your perfect gift? The reason for the season is actually the perfect gift for all of us – Jesus. He is more than we could have hoped for. Let us give thanks on His birthday.
It is also the time of year when we may get bombarded by requests for financial donations from a whole variety of organizations. I encourage your generosity to charities of your choice. And why not get the tax deduction? You can do a background check on a charity at www.charitynavigator.org Your parish is also one of those tax deductible charities and would be extremely grateful if you would channel some of your gift giving to St. Bernardine’s Church or school.
Finally I pray your Christmas Dinner, the birthday dinner for Jesus, will be a joyful time. If, for any reason, you will be home alone on Christmas Day, give me a call and come to dinner with me 818-888-8200. I’m probably the worst cook in the valley but that won’t stop us from celebrating Our Lord’s birthday.
From Msgr. Murray, Fr. Bill and myself, a merry and blessed Christmas to one and all.
View the photos from Father Dan Fox farewell liturgy on June 29, 2014.
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