Christmas is just around the corner. In six days’, this special day shall fall and a quarter of the world’s population of Christians shall have reason to rejoice and celebrate.
The Origins of Christmas
The term “Christmas”; or referred to in short as “X’mas” is derived from the combination of the two words “Christ” and “Mass”.
The former refers to Christ; that is, Jesus Christ, who, according to the four Synoptic Gospels of the Christian Bible, is the Son of the Almighty God incarnate who was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He was the prophesized Savior or Messiah of the world. And, accordingly, those who repent of their sins, believe in Him and follow His teachings while on earth shall upon death be eligible for life eternal in the Kingdom of Heaven.
Mass, a terminology of the Anglican and Catholic Church, refers in general to their respective weekly or seasonal congregational worship in celebration and commemoration during this season of Advent of the coming and birth of Jesus Christ.
Out of the two words, Christmas was born.
The Purpose of Christmas
Seriously, Christmas is the time of profound introspection and internalization for Christians. It is the time for us to acknowledge their sins, seek forgiveness and repentance from those to and from whom they have committed wrongs and injustices against one another during the past eleven months.
Let us remember that Christmas does not accord the adherents the carte blanche for senseless and unlimited ventures of alcoholism, revelry and immoral excesses, as the materialistically commercial media portray and promote Christmas to be.
Reflections for Members of District 102
While we appreciate the true purpose for which Christmas is conceived, it is equally important to reflect on this season of Yuletide how we Toastmasters in District 102 can do and play our part in rendering our education and leadership development programs to the different diverse ethnic groups in a concerted effort to bring about greater peace, understanding and unity in the country.
With the foregoing message in mind, may I wish all Christian and members of our District A Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.