When a team is having difficulty we hear the coach saying “we have to get back to fundamentals.” These are the basic parts of the game that we have to get right. No fancy stuff, no showing off, no trying to impress the fans. Just play basic ball where we do the simple things that got us here and that keep us in the game with a chance of winning.
What are the fundamentals of our faith? One fundamental is the incarnation, God becoming man, which we celebrate at Christmas.
John the evangelist tells us, “For God so loved the world that He gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life.” (Jn. 3:16)
God sent his son, Jesus Christ, to us on the first Christmas; He taught us that God loves us and showed us that by laying down his life for us. He gave us his Spirit, and continues to be with us, helping us to love all people.
We turn to him this Christmas with grateful hearts and continue to show his love to others by word and action. We are blessed to be in St. Francis of Assisi, a microcosm of the world that God loves, where we can see his face in all people. We thank God for all of you who show us his presence in the flesh and who bring peace, good will and joy to our world.
May you and your loved ones have a peaceful and joyful Christmas