Christmas: A Time for Giving
As we get ready to celebrate Christmas, let us pause for a while to look around us and recognise that Jesus, who was born into the world two thousand years ago, is still among us.
Jesus is in every person and every pain and suffering we encounter in our lives. We need to recognise Him in those who are not as fortunate as we are. Additionally, we must do what we can to alleviate the pain and misery of those doing it tough. As Christians, the season of Advent calls us in a particular way to bring hope to the hopeless and joy to the forgotten.
Pope Francis reminds us that the true gift of Christmas is not about the giving and receiving of expensive presents that demand time and money. Instead, he insists that when we recognise another with a smile, a kind gesture, or by extending a hand especially to the needy, we truly experience the joy of Christmas.
True peace on earth, He says, will only become a reality when we work quietly and patiently in our families and communities to build a more just world for everyone. If we insist on isolating ourselves from the marginalised by surrounding ourselves with wealth, greed, selfishness, and pride, then we miss the point of Christmas entirely.
Today after our final mass for the year, our student leaders handed over donations of money and goods to representatives from St Patrick’s Care, the St Vincent de Paul Society and the Archbishop’s Shopfront on behalf of the staff and students. These three agencies, with whom the College has a long-standing association, will distribute our donations to the neediest in our community on behalf of the College.
We thank the staff and students for their very generous donations. By working together for a more just world, we hope that those doing it tough this Christmas will be able to experience some of the joy of the season.