We are told that we are saved not by what we do but by trusting what Christ has done. To think that this is the same Christ who was born of a Jewish family in a Jewish town under Jewish history, culture, and tradition some 2,000 years ago. Israel today is not even a Christian country. It is a Jewish State populated by Jews, ruled by Jews, and inspired by Judaism – a major religion that does not celebrate Christmas – the Birth of Christ. In this already 21st century, if Christ cares not to save his native fellow-Jews in Israel, why should Christ bother to save the Filipinos or even save the Philippines?
In the meantime, I say it again: the pleasures in growth and positive achievement, the love of life, happy, expansive, generous, and creative; glad when others happy, and not glad when others are not happy - are the precious things on my mind while I celebrate Christmas this year. Indeed, for this Christmas, I should wish to celebrate the birth of the Filipino capacity to think, especially to think in terms of growth as a healthy people, and in terms of development as a wealthy nation.
I have no wish to celebrate the birth anniversary of Christ, but only to celebrate instead the birth of the the power of thought to love the truth, beauty, knowledge, and the joys of this life in this world in the here and now. These will do for Christmas this year; however, for Christmas next year, I may wish to celebrate Christmas with higher or more meaningful reasons; specially with nothing to do with the birth of a Jewish Son of a Jewish God.
MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL OF YOU.