It was 1965, and Charles Schulz faced the dilemma of a lifetime. He was sitting in the executive offices of CBS, where he was being advised to drop the now-famous "Linus Monologue" from his upcoming television special. Schulz was adamant that if they pulled the monologue, he would pull the plug on the entire project.
Weeks later, on December 9, A Charlie Brown Christmas Special aired for the first time.
"Isn't there anyone who knows what Christmas is all about?"
"Sure, Charlie Brown, I can tell you what Christmas is all about," said Linus. [Linus walks to center stage.] "Lights, please." And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
That’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown."
It's Christmas time and many of us are enjoying family traditions, food and fellowship, but something greater is going on in the spiritual realm. Philip Yancey put it this way: "On earth, a baby was born, a king got wind of it, a chase ensued. In heaven, the Great Invasion had begun: a daring raid by the ruler of the forces of good into the universe's seat of evil." Join Michael, SJ, and their wives Robin and Sherry as they discuss Christmas and its significance to us all. (part 1 of 3)
Quotes from this episode:
"Now is the time for judgment on this world; now the prince of this world will be driven out." -John 12:31
"Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me." -Matthew 28:18
"The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is upon me, for the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to comfort the brokenhearted and to proclaim that captives will be released and prisoners will be freed. He has sent me to tell those who mourn that the time of the Lord’s favor has come, and with it, the day of God’s anger against their enemies. To all who mourn in Israel, he will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of mourning, festive praise instead of despair. In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks that the Lord has planted for his own glory." -Isaiah 61:1-3
"When he came to the village of Nazareth, his boyhood home, he went as usual to the synagogue on the Sabbath and stood up to read the Scriptures. 17 The scroll of Isaiah the prophet was handed to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where this was written: 'The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, for he has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see, that the oppressed will be set free, and that the time of the Lord’s favor has come.'" - Luke 4:17-19
"The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full." -John 10:10
"Therefore the Lord himself will give you[a] a sign: The virgin[b] will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel." -Isaiah 7:14
"Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love." -1 John 4:8
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"For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever." -Isaiah 9:6-7
Favorite Christmas movies: Rudolph the Rednosed Reindeer, A Christmas Story, Miracle on 34th Street, Elf, Home Alone, The Holiday, Die Hard, It's a Wonderful Life, The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, The Nativity Story, Polar Express, The Santa Clause, A Christmas Carol, Scrooged, A Charlie Brown Christmas. NOTE: Planes, Trains, and Automobiles is actually a Thanksgiving movie.
"Remember George, no man is a failure who has friends." - Clarence to George Bailey in It's a Wonderful Life
"That's the problem with grownups. They think seeing is believing, and children know that believing is seeing." - The Santa Clause movie
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