Language has a problem when a word or phrase is used too often, particularly in given scenarios, they tend to lose their meaning, or at least their punch. For instance, the word ‘religion’ gets tossed so much that it could be anything from an ancient voodoo-ism, to philosophies, to weak modern approaches to verbalize fashionable ‘supernatural’ beliefs, or even different denominations of Christianity. Since Christianity is not a religion, it cannot be lost in the mix. Christianity is a Person, and because of Him, a Way of life.
Anyway, to be a Christian means an authentic follower of the Christ. So, this season unmistakably reminds us of the ‘Christ thing’. And, therefore, we call this season Christmas. Talk about over-used! The dilution of its significance is not in its true meaning, but in its de-railing into a period of concentration on stuff. Now, it’s not a horrible evil to want to bless someone with a gift. The problem is the loss and ignoring of the true meaning.
Some people are so uncomfortable with the stem word “Christ” that they substitute an ‘X’ and stick it to the ‘mas’. Some even erroneously think it means the cross, which it does not. Aha! Here is the springboard for our discussion today. What does this sparkly word Christmas really mean? We’re ready to break it down. What do Christ and ‘mas’ have to do with each other? It is obvious who it deals with. But, what about the suffix? The little addition ‘mas’ is short for mass which basically implies celebration!
So, if we are faithful to its meaning and intent, the purpose of this season should be to celebrate Christ, the incomparable gift of God himself to redeem His creation back to Him. Are you and I doing this? Really? Yes, what a mass this is!
HAPPY AND HOLY CHRISTMAS TO YOU AND YOURS!
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