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Searching for Christmas…

By TFP Student Action   
Police Officer

One Christmas night, Our Lord came down into a modern city to see what people were doing. Every­one was celebrating “Happy Holidays!” Christ met a policeman directing traffic and asked: “What does ‘Happy Holidays’ mean?”
The policeman eyed Him suspiciously. “Where are you from?”
“From Bethlehem.”
“Where?”
“Bethlehem,” Our Lord repeated.
“Oh…Don’t you know it’s a holiday for kids?”
“What is the origin of the holiday?” Our Lord asked.
“Look, you ask too many questions. Can’t you see I’m busy?

At the Restaurant

Next, Christ paused by a restaurant advertising “Christmas Party—$50.00.” Ladies and gentlemen in elegant attire were entering. He stepped inside. Nice tables covered with white linen and lighted Christmas candles were arranged in rows. A woman, seeing Our Lord, complained loudly: “You let beggars in here?!” The waiter rushed over to Him. “What are you doing in here?” he demanded. “Go beg on the street!” Christ studied the young man. “If you only knew what I am ‘begging’ for…,” He started to reply, but He was shoved out as the woman playing the piano sang, “Peace on earth and mercy mild.”

At School

Christmas tree

Outside, Christ allowed Himself to be swept along by the throng that flowed like a river between stores. He saw toys everywhere, but rarely a Nativity scene. He then found Himself near a large school playground. Above the gate was a sign: “Christmas Party for Children.” Our Lord went in. There were hundreds of children inside, receiving toys.  As they noisily ran and tumbled, important looking women hurried about. Neither a Nativity scene nor a crucifix could be seen. Nobody mentioned the Child Jesus. As Christ stood there, a feeling of isolation grew in His heart. He felt like a trespasser. Finally, He approached a young boy whose arms overflowed with toys. “Do you love the Child Jesus who gave you so many nice toys?” Our Lord asked the little boy.
The boy stared at Him, puzzled: “What Child Jesus?”
“Don’t you know Him?”
“No.”
The headmaster rushed over. “What did this man say to you?” she frantically asked the boy. Learning what Our Lord had asked and whose Name He had dared mention, her eyes glared at Our Lord and she snarled, “You need to leave -- now!” Christ left and again walked through the streets, passing innumerable places where His creatures celebrated Christmas without knowing why.

In the Home

Weary, He came to a neglected suburb. A building with tiny lights caught His eye. Approaching one of the windows, He saw His own image displayed on the wall. His eyes brightened when He noticed a simple but attractively arranged crèche. Just then, the door opened and a boy came out. The boy stopped abruptly at the sight of the man shivering in the darkness. Icy gusts blew around them. “Sir, you could freeze out here! You need to get out of the cold.”
“I am quite cold,” answered Our Lord.
“Come in, then. We have a good fire going.”

Our Lord entered. Near the fireplace, children gathered around a young priest. As the fire crackled, the priest told the children about the infinite grandeur and glory hidden within the little figure of the Child Jesus. He paused the moment Our Lord entered the room. “Come in! You look cold! Please, warm yourself here.”

The children promptly offered the newcomer a place close to the fire.
“Have you had anything to eat? Joseph, go ask your mother to prepare something hot for this gentleman.”
Christ’s gaze rested on them, one by one, as if He were memorizing every little face. Above all, He gazed at the young priest. “Are you alone, my friend?” asked the priest kindly.
“Yes.”

All eyes turned curiously on the Stranger, waiting. Christ did not speak. Very slowly, regally, Jesus’ hand moved. He extended it over their heads, as if reaching beyond the humble cottages of that poor suburb, and encompassing the city whose miseries He had witnessed, he exclaimed, “Misereor super turbas!” (I have pity on these people!) Then, slowly, before their astonished eyes, He disappeared.
“It was He!” cried one of the boys.
The priest nodded solemnly. “Yes, it was.”   

Merry Christmas!





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+11 # Caroline Richbourg 2011-02-14 20:59
Truly beautiful and really true.
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+3 # Tout 2012-12-04 22:01
Yes, beautiful. I made a 'stable' for ourselves, later one for our married daughters. Extend "Merry Christmas "weekly in Mass, with "God bless you" when shaking hands. Hoping we too get the Tridentine (Latin) Mass back.
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+12 # Danuta Slowiak 2011-02-22 23:07
How moving and beautiful. How many Christians were attending the Masses on the Christmas day, how many children were explained the Birth of Christ and why we are celebrating this time of the year? Wake up Christians and be proud to admit that Baby Jesus's Birthday is why we exchange and give gifts. Do we ever give a child an idea of giving a gift fot Baby Jesus? I wonder. It applies to us, mature persons as well, what kind of gift to we give/offer to Newly Born Baby?
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+8 # Jane Abbey 2011-12-02 13:26
Absolutely MAGNIFICENT!!! I had chills when viewing this video. How beautifully & majestically it was performed. With pride & respect each performer did their best. My viewing of this Hallelujah warmed my heart & soul, has given me inspiration & empowered my faith. Thank you for this privielge to view a grandiose & billiant rendition of Handel's Messiah.
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+9 # Jim 2011-12-02 14:50
I learned, when growing up, about Christ, His birth, life and all He did for us. I have never forgotten that and never will.
The story gave me goose bumps and I am afraid that would happen in most places He went to.
I love the Hallelujah Chorus
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+12 # Jim 2011-12-02 14:54
Too many people argue that Jesus Christ was not born at Christmas time. They say, using Bible passages, that He was born in the spring. When He was born does not matter! He was born. That is what matters. If we celbrated His coming in July it wouldn't matter. It's remembering that He was born and came to save us that counts!!
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+8 # Elaine Mcgivney 2011-12-02 15:25
very inspiring. we need to remember the true meaning of Christmas. i didn't see the tabernacle. i assume this was performed in a church. Isn't this what christmas is all about.
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+10 # Henrica Buchert 2011-12-02 16:44
Truly most reverend and beautiful. It gave me much joy to know that rhere are still many who beleive in our Lord Jesus.
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+1 # Tout 2012-12-04 22:29
Always dare say "Merry Christmas". I usually say "Blessed ..." In Sunday Mass "God bless you". Lucky those who got the Tridentine (Latin )Mass back already.
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+4 # Tout 2011-12-02 22:53
Beautiful ! Beautiful! Let our life be an alleluia to God.
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+10 # Liberty Cruz-Nelson 2011-12-03 09:56
December 25, 1977 was my first Christmas in America. I remembered the coldness I felt; not from the weather but in my spirit. It seems as though the joy this very special day brings did not get to a lot of people. I decided to make Christmas, December 25, 1978 to be different. I gathered some of my co-workers a week before Christmas and sang Christmas songs at the doctor's offices, nursing homes, and individual homes. We had Live Nativity at our Christmas party. Also this year, I brought back our Christmas eve family tradition of "Coming home at Christmas." My mother is 90 years old, my father since passed on happily 19 years ago, there are now 80 members in our family, about 20 are too far away and cannot make it, and about 50-60 of us come home and celebrate our Lord Jesus' birthday on Christmas eve. My wish this Christmas for our family and all of the families around the world is to load the day with prayers & sharing and reduce materialism. Christmas love & peace to all. Liberty
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+2 # cecile phillips 2011-12-03 10:29
truly beautiful!! i have a friend who sings this every year in her church choir. she lives in the south so i was thinking of her and how mych she loves this.God is Great!!
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+1 # Diane Burkland 2011-12-23 23:55
Remember, God loves you whether you like it or not. But we all need a good chastisement for
all the times that we turned our backs to God.
Pray that we have the strength to persevere.
In the end He will return to judge and to rule.
Praise the Father,Son, and Holy spirit.
Merry Christmas to all, and God Bless us
every one.
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+1 # Jerome Smith 2012-12-04 12:17
"What is Christmas, if not for Our Savior wrapped in the manger?
"What is Christmas, without Christ?"
Jesus is truly the Reason for the Season!
Great story and a true, yet troubling, parable of our times! I am middle-aged, and growing up it was always' "Merry Christmas", SELDOM "Happy Holidays"!
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0 # Ray 2012-12-05 21:40
The joy that you are helping to share is truly inspiring.... the music expresses so much joy. Hallalujah! Jesus came to set us free... from the limitations of the world... to help us learn to follow him and heal, and love others... The Gospel, translates into
"Good News"... And that it is... God bless all who read this... and Peace on Earth, and Good will to all... Merry Christmas...
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0 # Bronia 2012-12-06 13:04
Let us pray that our Lord Jesus will enter every heart and under every roof in the world.God send out your Spirit and renew the face of the earth. Merry Christmas to every human being. let us say this clear and loud.
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