Today we celebrate the birth of Jesus of Nazareth, an itinerant preacher who healed the sick, raised the dead, fed the multitude, walked on water and died on a cross at Calvary to free Mankind from guilt. He was not rich in worldly goods. As far as I can tell, His only possessions were a seamless robe and a pair of sandals; and when He was hungry He picked an ear of corn or figs, or went fishing. He was tolerant and kind, but capable of outrage: He drove the money changers from the Temple in Jerusalem, saying they had turned it into “a den of thieves.”
He taught us to love one another and to seek inner peace rather than ostentatious success, that this is the way not only to eternal life but also to fulfillment here on earth. And He taught us that faith can move mountains. Christians believe that He rose from the dead and ascended into Heaven. We are confident that He will return and that we will join Him in the after-life because His death paid for our sins and He asks nothing in return but that we accept His gift.