Our very thanksgiving for this Gift of Christ becomes a life of Stewardship-of caring for this Gift that is not our own. We care for this Gift of Communion with Him by living a life in which we dedicate all that we are-our Time, our Talents, and our Treasures-to God in thanksgiving for all that He has done for us. Thus, when we offer ourselves to the Church, our offering is no longer considered to be “in support” of our local parish, but as an offering of Thanksgiving to God. Our offering is then utilized by God in whatever manner He sees fit, unto His Glory.
Therefore, as we can see, the only way to care for this Gift of Christ which God so freely gives to us on this, His Nativity, is to place the whole of creation in its proper context. It is a gift, created by God and freely given to us-for which we are to continuously give thanks. We are never to place more importance on the created world than we do on God. This is what the Gift of Our Lord’s Incarnation reveals to us. This is what it means to fulfill a relationship with God in Christ. A relationship into which we are all called, that will enable us to participate in the Grace of Our Lord Jesus Christ, the Love of God the Father, and the Communion of the Holy Spirit both now, and forever!