Santa Claus (First Sunday of Advent)

It is the First Advent. So Christmas is upon us! Santa Claus is coming. Let us rejoice and let us renew our faith.

Matt. 24: 37 to 44:

[37] But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. [38] For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, [39] And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. [40] Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. [41] Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left. [42] Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.

[43] But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up. [44] Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.

In Luke 20: 27 to 39, Jesus said that in the life to come there is no marriage. However, in the above text, Jesus listed marrying together with eating and drinking.

Eating and drinking is essential in this world as is sex. Without it Christianity would die out. Our tradition of Santa Claus centres around giving gifts of food and clothing to the poor.

Santa Claus 

Santa Claus

St. Nicholas lived in the third and fourth centuries. He is famous for giving gifts to the poor. And maybe this is the tradition on which our giving of gifts is based. Only today we usually give gifts to people who are rather not in need. This is not the tradition of Santa Claus. Christmas has become a big business event. People spend billions on it!

Still Santa Claus is magic for children. But for us, has this business Christmas just become a rite? Are we really glad about the presents we receive? Are they something we would be struggling without?

Some are actually giving money, because they don’t know what else to give. When Santa Claus, St. Nicholas, gave a jumper the child was glad to have something warm. Today we judge the presents we receive by the current fashion!

Could we make it a habit to give just as much as we spend on presents to beggars? What about half as much, or a quarter. Still, if we would just give a tenth, we would raise billions of dollars! Could every homeless get a place to stay for that?

This would be the tradition of Santa Claus, of St. Nicholas

And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Amen!