Gift - True to Us

“It’s not what you have, it’s who you have in your life.” This timely reminder came from Fr. Gerry, a visiting priest in-residence from the Philippines, during his homily at Mass this weekend.

A couple of things happened recently that brought this message home.

Joanne, a former co-worker passed away. She was active in the community and had lots of friends. Her positive and engaging personality, ready wit and sense of humor drew people to her. She was abundantly blessed with people in her life.

As I packed boxes from our living room to get ready for a renovation, I couldn’t help but notice that two of the three boxes were filled with family photos – a beach vacation when the kids were small, graduation photos, my parents, grandparents, brothers and sisters and nieces and nephews.

And that got me thinking. If I had one box I could pack that represented what is most important to me, what would be in it? It wouldn’t be my laptop or cell phone or any other thing. It would be the photos of the people in my life.

In the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season and the busyness of our lives, time can become our most endangered possession. But we can’t forget that it’s the people in our lives that matter most. So let’s stop and make time.

My Christmas prayer for you and me is that this coming year, we’ll connect with those around us more meaningfully. To make time for a hug, a conversation, or a long overdue visit.

Because the greatest gift we can give is what we already own – the gift of love.

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