So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed and what the shepherds said to them.Luke 2:16-18
In my Christmas Eve blog post, I wrote about how the greatest gift that Jesus gives to us is himself. Naturally, the greatest gift that we can give each other is Jesus. That’s actually why we exchange gifts on Christmas, to remind each other of the gift of Jesus. The material gifts that we give each other on Christmas are nice and thoughtful, but the best gifts are the ones that bring others closer to Jesus.
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As a broke college student, I can’t always afford to give elaborate gifts, but I know that I can always give someone the gift of prayers. Instead of exchanging gifts with my godparents this year, I gave them a spiritual bouquet of different ways that I’ll be praying for them and their intentions. I’ve grown to love intercessory prayer this year, and giving the gift of prayers to my loved ones is a great way to practice this. As part of my Christmas gifts to my family, friends, and the holy men and women in my life, I’m offering rosaries, Masses, holy hours, and more for them and their intentions.
Even if you don’t see the fruits of your prayers and whether you are thanked or not for your prayers, they won’t go unnoticed or unappreciated. Pray with expectant faith that your prayers will be answered, and ask our Blessed Mother to perfect your prayers as you approach Jesus Christ. In this season of giving, don’t forget to offer prayers for your loved ones. We’ve spent Advent preparing our hearts, our homes, and our prayer lives for Jesus Christ’s coming. Now that he’s here, share him joyfully with everyone around you.
~Have a blessed Christmas Day! Stay radiant!