Religious leaders share thoughts on the true meaning of Christmas

Paula Faris spoke with some prominent Christian leaders about getting into the right frame of mind for the holiday.
4:50 | 12/25/19

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Merry Christmas to you, and of course, this day, such a great day to reflect. Paula Faris is here, and Paula, you got a chance to sit down with prominent Christian leaders and get their perspective. We do a good job of commercializing this holiday, don't we? This holiday isn't all about presents and ugly Christmas sweaters. It's a time to get together, and heal and unite. Faith leaders say that message is as poignant as it's ever been. Reporter: This morning, "Gma" is reflecting on the true meaning of Christmas. To do that, we spoke to cardinal Timothy Dolan. He's the archbishop of New York, pastor Heidi newbark, and Michael curry of the episcopal church who gave that famous sermon at the wedding of prince Harry and Meghan. What are you going to be preaching about this Christmas? Well, John 3:16 which is a passage that's usually associated with the crucifixion of Jesus. He said, god so loved the world he gave up his only son. That the point of Christmas is the radical, incredible, demonstrable, unyielding love of god for this creation, and for all of us as god's children. All of us. It's not rare that after listening to the news or looking at the paper or turning on the radio, you kind of exhale and say, boy, do we ever need help. The world needs help, I need help, my friends need help, my family needs help, the church needs help, and you're thinking, where is that ultimate help going to come from? There again, we turn to the lord. In other words, we live in a broken world. Way to go. That's the hope of Christmas, correct? Way to go. Way to go. My dad said, Christmas is so good because all the tides are working. The next day, everything's broken. I had an experience that I think prepared me for my Christmas message. We were putting out newspapers for children to make Christmas crafts and I was looking at the newspapers and I thought, this is terrible news. This news is not good for children, but the children came, and we have -- there were children who were homeless and some children who were undocumented, and they all came and they started covering the newspapers with gold glitter and paste and they were making angels and stars and decorating cookies, and I thought, this is the hope of Christmas. That -- that this bad news spread out on these newspapers and all around us does not have the final word. The final word belongs to the one who comes in love. Cardinal, there are so many people that are hurting in this world. Yes. And that hurt seems to be pronounced this time of year. How do you comfort them at this moment in time? That's one of the downsides when everybody else is having a good time. That's one of the downsides of when some say -- some of them our home bound and sick look out the window, and see cars pull up the street with bundles of gifts. What do I say to them? I say, I know you're tempted to think you're alone, but you're not. If you are comfortable, find a way to be with someone. The truth is, and for those of us who have families and haven't lost, think of somebody you would like to invite so they can be part of the community that you celebrate Christmas with. Faith does not provide us with all the answers, but faith can give us courage and hope to keep going. What is the importance of faith in 2020? You know what I would say -- what I would say, Paula, is this. Faith allows us to re-acknowledge that the most important things in life are not seen. We like to dwell on what we can see and touch and hear, and put on a computer or look at under a lab in a microscope. Faith says, hey. All those things are good, but the most essential things of life cannot be seen. Love, fidelity, loyalty, friendship, god, hope, but we can't see them, right? Christmas invites us to say, and faith invites us to say, I want to stake my life on things that cannot be actually proved. Right. But I know they're real. And in the season of reflection, I'm grateful for family and my deep faith and I hope the conversations that you just heard about the true meaning of the season bring joy, comfort and peace. Great to hear that. And your podcast you talk about this year. It's so important to you, and so many of you out there. We want to remember the reason for the season. Today and every day. Thanks, Paula. Nice sweater. Thank you.

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