There are few times of the year that present the Church with a greater degree of purchasing power than the time from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day. I’m actually not thinking about purchasing gifts or other stuff but purchasing a more valuable commodity–time.
During these weeks, as we abandon our vocations in order to celebrate the birth of Christ, time can seem to slow to a creep as we share these hours and days with family or friends. We are often moving in a whirlwind of activity. It is because we are thrown with our closest associates and family that we can purchase time and make memories that will last all during our lives.
Time may be the most valuable thing we can give the people who live with us and around us. I’m not suggesting that the purchasing of gifts isn’t important; but it is the time we spend playing and laughing that will be cherished as precious memories.
During these precious days, we can speak about our Savior, sharing the love of God in many abstract and concrete ways. As I sit in the dining room of my daughter, I hear a whispered, “I love you” shared from mother to child as she hands her daughter a towel and clean school clothes. It’s an important day in school and the preteen woman/child needs the added assurance of love and acceptance.
Time has been purchased in a second for a young woman for whom Jesus came in order to purchase her with his own blood.