Keep MASS in Christmas

For today’s (OK, it’s really yesterdays and there will be another one later today) reflection, I want to focus on the importance of Mass. We often hear the phrase “keep Christ in Christmas” from people who are frustrated with the over commercialization of Christmas. We hear this for good reason because many forget “the reason for the season” as they say. Heck these days Christians are fighting just to keep the word Christmas around as stores move to the slap in the face phrase “Happy Holidays”.

But lost in the phrase “keep Christ in Christmas” is the other half of the word: ‘mas’ which of course is a reference to Mass. Most people don’t know this but there used to be a number of ‘mas’ days. There was Candlemas celebrating the Presentation of Jesus in the temple as an infant. There was Michaelmas on September 29th to celebrate Michael’s victory of Lucifer. There was Childermas that commemorated the slaughter of the innocents by Herod. And there were others.

All of these celebrations/commemorations centered around Mass and with good reason. It is through Mass that Christ is made present to us in the Santuary, just like he was presented in the temple. It is through Mass that we celebrate Christ’s victory over death, just like Michael’s victory over satan. It is through Mass that we commemorate and tap into the slaughter of innocent blood in Christ that is our salvation. And finally, it is through Mass that we are able to recieve Christ in the Eucharist just as the world recieved Christ on Christmas day.

So as we prepare ourselves for the Christmas season in this season of Advent let us prepare ourselves not just for the celebation of Christ’s birth but also for that which he came into the world for: for Christ’s Mass.

(I give credit to The Fith Column’s blog entry How the Christians Stole Christmas for the inspiration for this reflection.)

One Response to “Keep MASS in Christmas”

  1. Michael Says:

    While normally I tend to take sides against religion in most arguments (despite being a Confirmed Catholic) I have to agree that not allowing people to say “Merry Christmas” is the most stupid thing ever. It is not intolerant to say “Merry Christmas” to a non-Christian. It’s wrong to discrimiate against them or forcibly convert them, but making a display of one’s faith is in NO WAY insensitive. I think this is one case of the PC Police going way too far, and I’m a liberal!

    Also, Michaelmas is on September 29th and I was born on the 27th. Coincidence? I’d love to celebrate a holiday with the same name as me. Let’s bring it back, Ken!