A Christmas Letter from Jesus... yeah right!
#1
Someone e mailed me the following... I can't quite put my finger on it but something really bugs me about the e mail. Anyone else get the same feeling?

"A Christmas Letter from Jesus...

It has come to my attention that many of you are upset that folks are taking my name out of the season.

How I personally feel about this celebration can probably be most easily understood by those of you who have been blessed with children of your own. I don't care what you call the day. If you want to celebrate my birth, just GET ALONG AND LOVE ONE ANOTHER.

Now, having said that, let me go on. If it bothers you that the town where you live doesn't allow a scene depicting my birth, then just get rid of a couple of Santas and snowmen on your own front lawn, and put in a small Nativity scene. If all of my followers did that, there wouldn't be any need for such a scene on the town square because there would be many of them all around town.

Stop worrying about the fact that people are calling the tree a holiday tree instead of a Christmas tree. It was I who made all trees. You can remember me anytime you see any tree. Decorate a grape vine if you wish: I actually spoke of that one in a teaching, explaining who I am in relation to you and what each of our tasks were. If you have forgotten that one, look up John 15: 1-8.

If you want to give me a present in remembrance of my birth, here is my wish list. Chose something from it:

1. Instead of writing protest letters objecting to the way my birthday is being celebrated, write letters of love and hope to soldiers away from home. They are terribly afraid and lonely this time of year. I know, they tell me all the time.

2. Visit someone in a nursing home. You don't have to know them personally. They just need to know that someone cares about them.

3. Instead of writing the President complaining about the wording on the cards his staff sent out this year, why don't you write and tell him that you'll be praying for him and his family this year. Then follow up...It will be nice hearing from you again.

4. Instead of giving your children a lot of gifts you can't afford and they don't need, spend time with them. Tell them the story of my birth, and why I came to live with you down here. Hold them in your arms and remind them that I love them.

5. Select someone who has hurt you in the past and forgive him or her.

6. Did you know that someone in your town will attempt to take their own life this season because they feel so alone and hopeless? Since you don't know who that person is, try giving everyone you meet a warm smile; it could make the difference...

7. Instead of nit picking about what the retailer in your town calls the holiday, be patient with the people who work there. Give them a warm smile and a kind word. Even if they aren't allowed to wish you a Merry Christmas, that doesn't keep you from wishing them one.

8. If you really want to make a difference, support a missionary; especially one who takes my love and Good News to those who have never heard my name.

9. Here's a good one. There are people and whole families in your town who not only will have no Christmas tree, but neither will they have any gifts to give or receive. If you don't know them, buy some food and a few gifts and give them to the Salvation Army or some other charity which believes in Me, and they will make the delivery for you.

10. Finally, if you want to make a statement about your belief in and loyalty to me, then act like a Christian. Don't do things in secret that you wouldn't do in my presence. Let people know by your actions that you are one of mine.

Don't forget: I am God and can take care of myself. Just love me and do what I have told you to do. I'll take care of the rest. Check out the list above and get to work; time is short. I'll help out, but now the ball is in your court. And do have a most blessed Christmas with those you love, and remember...

I love you,

Jesus"



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Yes, except I can put my finger on it.  It implies that the season is all about us and not about God.  Now, it is true that God needs nothing from us.  But God deserves many things from us - the best we can give him in fact, and that includes giving him public honor, recognition, and worship.  Furthermore the article implies that these suggestions it makes are mutually exclusive to the things it recommends not bothering with.  But that is obviously not true.  Yes, we should be helping the poor and lonely, but that really has nothing to do with Christmas and there is no reason we cannot stand up for what the true meaning of the season is and help our poor brothers at the same time, is there?  And how do you know seeing a public nativity scene won't just remind some lonely, depressed, suicidal person that God loves him and entered the world specifically to redeem him and bring him to everlasting joy?  Basically, the article is saying that the true meaning of Christmas doesn't matter and isn't worth bothering with.  But it does matter, because of what we owe God and because of the good it does us to be aware of it.
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I'm thinking this is the troublesome part:
Quote:It has come to my attention that many of you are upset that folks are taking my name out of the season.

How I personally feel about this celebration can probably be most easily understood by those of you who have been blessed with children of your own. I don't care what you call the day. If you want to celebrate my birth, just GET ALONG AND LOVE ONE ANOTHER.

This "letter" has brought God down to the level of some laid-back old neighbor AND, more importantly, He wants us to celebrate His birth by just getting along? Talk about taking the religion out of the holiday! It's circular logic: If you're upset that religion is lacking, then just lose the religion, and you won't be upset.

There are certain people who email me, and it's always FWD: Fwd..... Those get deleted unread. Once in a while someone whose judgment I trust, who never forwards cutesy crap, forwards something to me. Those I read. They're probably something good. I suggest you do the same. It saves a lot of annoyance.
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#4
Great points, thanks for the input.
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#5
We had someone send this as a response to the current crisis at our TLM.

I think it was actually delivered by Our Lady of Medjugorie, sounds quite like her (note small"h"). 
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#6
According to this shoddy letter, even Jesus Christ is an ecumenist!  Let's all hold hands with the Moslems and heretics and sing around a campfire!

It's literature like this that gives Christians a reputation for being spineless and letting society walk all over them.
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(12-15-2009, 10:18 PM)SoCalLocal Wrote: I'm thinking this is the troublesome part:
Quote:It has come to my attention that many of you are upset that folks are taking my name out of the season.

How I personally feel about this celebration can probably be most easily understood by those of you who have been blessed with children of your own. I don't care what you call the day. If you want to celebrate my birth, just GET ALONG AND LOVE ONE ANOTHER.

This "letter" has brought God down to the level of some laid-back old neighbor AND, more importantly, He wants us to celebrate His birth by just getting along? Talk about taking the religion out of the holiday! It's circular logic: If you're upset that religion is lacking, then just lose the religion, and you won't be upset.

There are certain people who email me, and it's always FWD: Fwd..... Those get deleted unread. Once in a while someone whose judgment I trust, who never forwards cutesy crap, forwards something to me. Those I read. They're probably something good. I suggest you do the same. It saves a lot of annoyance.

SoCalLocal, I think you've nailed it.  The acts of kindness on the list are all well and good, but, more than anything else, Jesus wants us to celebrate His birth by going to Mass and receiving Him worthily in Holy Communion.  Besides, I would think that Jesus would be grateful to those who are fighting to keep Christ in Christmas.  Didn't He say that, if we defend Him before man, He will defend us before His Heavenly Father?
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it could well have been written by one (or more) of those militant atheists who likes to lecture Christians about how we're supposed to behave, our shortcomings, that all Christians are hypocrites, etc. 

if they could convince enough Christians that honoring Jesus at Christmas doesn't matter, then they'd work on convincing us going to church doesn't matter, either. 
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#9
This letter is disgusting and offensive.
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