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For years I bought Christmas presents for my family based upon what I thought they would want or enjoy. Lately it dawned on me that I never saw my sister wearing the silk scarf I gave her, or my brother-in-law wearing the shirt I lovingly packaged for him, or never smelled the perfume I gave my mother, nor ever heard my other brother and sister-in-law mention how much they enjoyed the CD I sent them. So, now I have begun to ask them “what do you want for Christmas?”
Once I was leading a small group of people in the celebration of Mass in a public chapel. In the middle of Mass a woman loudly entered the chapel whom, we concluded later, was demented or crazy, wearing multi-layered and mis-matched clothes. She shouted at us: “What are you people doing here?”
In the Gospel of Matthew (24:42-44) Jesus says: “Therefore, stay awake! For you do not know on which day your Lord will come. Be sure of this; if the master of the house had known the hour of night when the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and not let his house be broken into.
St. Thomas More was a brilliant lawyer and diplomat who lived in the 16th century in England. His ability to work out many difficulties, his patriotism, and his loyalty to the throne attracted the attention of King Henry VIII who appointed him Lord Chancellor of England, the first layperson to be entrusted with such a major responsibility.