Really? Why isn’t the Church done with Christmas already? After all, the secular version of Christmas took months and months to prepare for and it only lasted one day.
(That’s it? All tuckered out after just one day? There, there you poor thing.)
The Catholic version of Christmas starts with four weeks (Advent) of waiting for Christmas, talking about Christmas, getting ready for Christmas, obsessing about Christmas. After all that, no way it’s done in a day. In the Church’s view, the more you prepare, the more you celebrate (kind of like eternity).
But it’s not just the joy of the good things of God that keeps it going - there’s a lot more to Christmas than just the Nativity. Which is why the Church has a whole season of Christmas, full of extra feasts and holy days. And this Sunday closes it out with the last of the big days of Christmastide. More on this tomorrow.
Readings for Sunday: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/011115.cfm