This time of year during the holiday season, we are continually recounting all the memories of this sacred occasion. Memories of times with loved ones who are no longer with us, memories of times that made us laugh until our sides hurt flow through our consciousness. So, too, must we remember the fabric of life that has kept us stitched together for centuries, and that is love and respect.
The time has come where we cannot simply say “I love my family and neighbors,” but rather we must live a life that shows that we love our family and neighbors. And the time has come when we must show that love and respect for the neighbor, even if he or she speaks another language or even if he or she celebrates different holy days than us. We must remember.
For those who are in the Christian faith, this time of year calls us to remember what the one we have come to call the Son of God means. It reminds us of how for many of this world, he was a light in the midst of darkness. He was hope during a time of hopelessness. So, too, are we to be for the world. We must lose our own lives in order to find them. Whatever you do, where you go this time of year, remember.