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  • Writer's pictureChristopher Looby

Christmas 2023

Words matter.

Words can change lives, inspire actions, and bring light into the darkest corners of our world. 

As we celebrate the birth of Christ, we are reminded of this profound truth through the Gospel of John, which begins, 'In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.' 

These opening verses of John 1:1-18 invite us into the mystery of the Incarnation – the Word made flesh, dwelling among us. They reveal to us the power and significance of the Word in our faith, in our lives, and in our world.

This truth is beautifully illustrated in a story I came across this week on the channel 5 news, which embodies the spirit of Christmas and the profound impact of our deeds and words.

Each note carries a powerful message, such as “Your smile and laugh bring such light into this world. I’m glad you exist,” or “Just because someone carries it well doesn’t mean it isn’t heavy. Love one another always.” 

These notes serve as gentle reminders of love, encouragement, and the presence of unseen support.

What started over a year ago with a single, impulsive post-it has now grown into a movement. Brooklynn's simple gesture of kindness has touched countless lives, and she has been recognized by People Magazine for changing the world one small post-it-note at a time.. 

She has even taken her mission further by starting a merchandise line named “Stick 2 Kindness,” with proceeds supporting mental health charities for children.

Brooklynn's story reminds us that the birth of Jesus, the Word made flesh, calls us to embody God's love and compassion in our own lives. 

Just as Brooklynn's words on a small Post-it note can brighten someone's day, our words and actions, too, can be a source of comfort and joy to those around us.

As we celebrate this Christmas season, let us be inspired by Brooklynn's example and consider how we can make a positive impact in our own communities. 

We can start by being mindful of our words, speaking with kindness and encouragement. We can also translate these words into actions, however small they may seem. Remember, it is the love and thought behind our actions that truly count.

Finally, let us carry the spirit of Christmas and this message of kindness into the New Year and beyond. 

The need for compassion, love, and understanding doesn't end with the holiday season. Let's commit to making these virtues a part of our daily lives.

As we go forth, let us embrace the Gospel's message and make OUR words matter! in Christ, the Word made flesh, we find the ultimate example of love in action. May we strive to follow His example, using our words and deeds to reflect His light and love to everyone we meet.

May the joy and peace of Christ fill your hearts and homes this Christmas and always.

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