Gifts remind us of how much we depend on others, for we can't give ourselves a gift. A gift by its nature is received from the graciousness of the gift giver. So in one way it is highly appropriate that Christmas is the season of giving gifts, the season in which we practice giving and receiving, love and gratitude. Christmas is the celebration of the Father's gift to us of his Son, of the mystery of love in which God came to live hidden among us in order to be our brother and our Savior. Jesus' gift of love reminds us of the immense dependence we have on God our Father and Creator. We didn't give ourselves life...neither natural life nor supernatural life. We haven't given ourselves salvation. Such mercy can only be received. We can't baptize ourselves, give ourselves the Eucharist, anoint ourselves with the oil of Confirmation. All of these gifts that mark our lives from the moment of birth all had their genesis in the tiny babe Born in a stable in Bethlehem. Christmas is a feast of joy and this joy Pope Francis is reminding us should last all year long, for the wonder of the gifts we receive daily, bless every day of the year. We stand before a gift we could never repay and we are struck with wonder at the generosity of God.