Under The Tree


Well, it’s 2020, and it’s Christmas time. And some unknown friend of the nuns at the Catholic bookstore in old Chucktown just dropped off a really impressive gift for the gals. It looks like they’ll be eating healthy in 2021 — if they ever learn how to use the this new-fangled, cooking gadget, that is.


The question inevitably arises: “Why put it under the tree? Isn’t that some kind of old, weird, pagan tradition? Is there any evidence that a tree is forever connected in Christendom to gift-giving?”

There is!

The greatest gift ever, the gift of our salvation and its part in eternal life, was given to the world on the wood of a tree at a place called Calvary. And it was under that tree that Jesus established a whole, new family to replace the old family that had given the world sin and death. He did it when He said to His mother, “Woman, behold your son.” (Jn 19:25-27). But there’s more to the story of this remarkable tree we call our Christmas tree.

Peter, the first to lead that new family which today we call the Church, put it clearly. When speaking to the high priests and temple authorities, he said to them, “The God of our ancestors raised up Jesus, whom you had killed by hanging him on a tree.” (Acts 5:30)


You see, Jesus was the real Christmas gift. The world hated Him and hung Him on a tree to die, hoping that would be the end of Him. But it wasn’t—in a way, it was just the beginning!

The Church received this special gift beneath that tree on Calvary. That’s what Sr. Charlie is reminding Sr. Peter and the other sisters about as they put their amazing, new gift beneath the tree at the Catholic bookstore there in Chucktown.

Oh, yeah! Yes, Virginia, there is a YouTube, and the nuns will learn how to use their new gift. But there’s actually more to this porch story than first meets the eye.

When you look at your Christmas tree this year, remember that, in spite of all the doom and gloom emanating from the mainstream media, God is still in charge. And that knowledge and faith makes 2020 another good year when you really think about it.

Merry Christmas and a most Happy New Year to all of you wherever you are!


That’s our story and we’re sticking to it. It’s cool to be Catholic.

In Christ.

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