Praise be Jesus Christ! Merry Christmas. Christmas time is more than Christmas Day itself; it generally concludes with the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord and this season is a time of great liturgical celebration. We honor St. Stephen, St. John the Apostle, the Holy Innocents, and the Holy Family, amongst others, in these days. Christmas time challenges us to live the Gospel as we see it lived out in a variety of circumstances by so many different holy persons of various places and eras in the Church’s history. 

Holiness ultimately means to follow Jesus without reservation, however he calls us. Holiness means as well to have a missionary mindset, of bringing the good news of the Gospel to everyone around us rather than seeing the Gospel as a privilege for the few. Pope Francis invites us to call everyone to repentance and the mercy of the Father. 

This should be a challenge that we take up within our school settings: make sure that we are seeking to evangelize, to invite those students and staff that do not yet have a living relationship with Jesus to encounter him, especially in the humility of the newborn Christ. As we continue with this Christmas Season may the light of the Gospel shine upon our schools so that all might know the newborn Christ as “the Way, the Truth, and the Life” (Jn 14:6).

FrPaul Kostka