Merry Christmas!

In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus
that the whole world should be enrolled.
This was the first enrollment,
when Quirinius was governor of Syria.
So all went to be enrolled, each to his own town.
And Joseph too went up from Galilee from the town of Nazareth
to Judea, to the city of David that is called Bethlehem,
because he was of the house and family of David,
to be enrolled with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child.
While they were there,
the time came for her to have her child,
and she gave birth to her firstborn son.
She wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger,
because there was no room for them in the inn.

Now there were shepherds in that region living in the fields
and keeping the night watch over their flock.
The angel of the Lord appeared to them
and the glory of the Lord shone around them,
and they were struck with great fear.
The angel said to them,
“Do not be afraid;
for behold, I proclaim to you good news of great joy
that will be for all the people.
For today in the city of David
a savior has been born for you who is Christ and Lord.
And this will be a sign for you:
you will find an infant wrapped in swaddling clothes
and lying in a manger.”
And suddenly there was a multitude of the heavenly host with the angel,
praising God and saying:
“Glory to God in the highest
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” – Luke 2:1-14

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7 thoughts on “Merry Christmas!

  1. canadianobserver11 December 25, 2013 / 8:50 am

    I am heartened by the message that Pope Francis gave as he celebrated his first Christmas Eve Mass as pontiff:

    He said of Jesus… “You are immense, and you made yourself small; you are rich, and you made yourself poor; you are all-powerful and you made yourself vulnerable,” He went on to say .”there are both bright and dark moments, lights and shadows. if our heart is closed, if we are dominated by pride, deceit, self-seeking, then darkness falls within us and around us.”

    I think this man of God is following the true path of Christianity and I hope he can continue to bring the message that Jesus preached to his followers during His time on earth:-

    “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”
    Matthew 19:21

    “Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.”
    Matthew 19:24

    Somewhere along the line His message of love & brotherhood toward our fellowmen has been lost in an effort to remake Him into more of a modern day Capitalist, promoting membership in the NRA and giving the finger to those less fortunate.

    It really is encouraging to see that Pope Francis is making an attempt to give members of the Christian community a more accurate picture of what Jesus’s message was and is meant to be.

    Wishing you all peace and contentment during this holy season and a healthy & happy New Year.

    • Amazona December 25, 2013 / 9:15 am

      Naturally the allegedly Canadian non-observer has to come forth to lecture us on the TRUE nature of Christ. Nothing is funnier than watching the frantic Left scrambling to reframe Christianity as class warfare, bigotry, and Marxism, or watching someone scornful of people of faith lecturing them on the foundation of that faith.

      I’m sure that I am not the only one who noticed what while CO is piously intoning his unctuous lectures on the TRUE message of Christ, he has to quote a man who is not, and never was, Christ. “You wanna know what Jesus thought? Well, here are some quotes from someone else.”

      I don’t think many of us think that CO gives a rat’s patootie about whether any of us enter the kingdom of God. This is just a guy who likes to tweak conservatives by telling us that political conservatism is the antithesis of spiritual advancement, that the TRUE message of Christ is really all about some cockamamie, poorly articulated, intellectually chaotic concept of redistribution of wealth. This is some guy whose concept of Jesus Christ is that he judged people not by their character or their actions but by the superficial trappings of their possessions.

      Look at what he seems to think: “Somewhere along the line His message of love & brotherhood toward our fellowmen has been lost in an effort to remake Him into more of a modern day Capitalist, promoting membership in the NRA and giving the finger to those less fortunate.” Wow. Not just oozing surly resentment, spite and malice, and real-life insanity, but spraying it in a shrill and hysterical rant. But then I guess that someone who thinks Jesus was Marx would have no problem with seeing Jesus as an NRA recruiter. It’s not like his irrationality is, well, rational.

      Who knows why? He could just be one of those surly resenters of the productive and successful who comforts himself with the sad sick fantasy that profit means damnation. He could just be one of those hair-on-fire Libs without a hint of integrity who just jumps at any chance, however twisted, to slam capitalism. He could be one of those religiously illiterate fanatics who truly believes Jesus and Marx, if not one and the same, were prophets of the same god—–the god of the State. The real question, though, is “who cares”?

      No one, is my guess. I know I don’t. Too many years of seeing the SSDD from the allegedly observant supposedly northern Lefty lemming have shown me that nothing of the slightest value or interest will come from that quarter.

    • Amazona December 25, 2013 / 9:24 am

      BTW, this is a tired old tactic of the RRL—-sniffing around the words of their betters looking for something they can twist and distort to fit their odd pathologies, and then trotting out those distortions to parade as supposed validations of those pathologies.

      As I said—-SSDD

    • M. Noonan December 25, 2013 / 1:05 pm

      Yeah, well lay off trying to make Him in to a modern day Progressive. Because in practical terms there is no one more greedy and merciless than a Progressive.

      And, Merry Christmas!

  2. Amazona December 25, 2013 / 11:27 am

    Overlooking the allegedly Canadian non-observer’s sour effort to cast a shadow over Christmas by lecturing us on salvation and the sins of the free market, I’d like to say Merry Christmas to all.

    I agree with the words of Pope Francis when he says “If our heart is closed, if we are dominated by pride, deceit, self-seeking, then darkness falls within us and around us…” It is a powerful message, illustrated here when we see into the dark hearts of those who come here to attack a system they do not understand and those who support it, driven by pride and self-serving deceit, and I am grateful for a forum like this, where we can offer responses to this bitterness and hatefulness and try to illuminate their darkness by celebrating the sanctity of life and the dignity of human endeavor and self-reliance.

    I am heartened by the positive messages we see from the Right, and our diligent efforts to overcome the negativity and hatefulness of the Left. The tide is turning, as more people start to see the harsh reality behind the sugar-coated promises and self-serving lies, and I think this will be followed by a brighter future than we had expected just a year ago.

    • M. Noonan December 25, 2013 / 1:15 pm

      Amazona,

      The trouble is that the basic Progressive just doesn’t think there’s any need for self examination. Even the most dyed-in-the-wool capitalist has at least been impelled to think about what capitalism is in light of Pope Francis’ comments…even if the capitalist still comes down on the side of disagreement. None of that from our Progressives – they just go, “well, as the Pope is saying words I think I agree with, then all is well”. They don’t see themselves as dominated by pride, deceit and self-seeking…but these are, in my view, some of the most distinguishing characteristics of Progressives. It is what is most easily seen about them when they are viewed. This is not to say that they have a monopoly on such things, but what else is it but insolent Pride when they demand people be fired for saying things Progressives disagree with? What else is there in the whole Obama Administration other than deceit? As for self-seeking – just how did Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama become fabulously wealthy with so little (none?) private sector experience?

      • Amazona December 25, 2013 / 1:35 pm

        What could be more self-seeking than luring people into dependency by offering them money earned by and taken from others, with the intent of basically making them into livestock, kept in the captivity of dependence and maintained at a subsistence level, purely for the purpose of breeding and providing votes?

        What could be more self-serving than keeping these human cattle paralyzed with fear and hatred, to keep them from interacting with people who might offer them alternatives to their dependence and psychological captivity?

        What could be more self-serving than creating and supporting a culture of lies, maintained and expanded as necessary, to deceive people into voting against what are really their own best interests by misrepresenting the alternative?

        What could be more self-serving than creating and maintaining the illusion that people are voting for issues, and keeping from them the truth about the political system that they are really supporting?

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