My Brothers and Sisters,
December is a busy month for the Pieretti family. We have four birthdays to celebrate. Our youngest grandson Gus celebrated his second on Dec 1st. If he had come a little earlier, he could have had the month to himself! Then on the 2nd, our daughter Summer and my niece Debbie also celebrated birthdays and our grandson Jackson will become a teenager on the 18th. I am glad that two of our grandsons and I share the birthday month of June but I would have to admit that it has to be pretty cool to celebrate your special day in the same month as the Son of God. And hey, we also celebrate the feast of the Immaculate Conception on December 8th, so I guess December is pretty special for all of us.
There are a lot of very special things in our world. The late Elie Wiesel recounted a story about a discussion between God and man: One day, man came before God and said to the most high, “Which do you think is harder, to be God or to be man?” To which God replied, “Oh being God is much harder. I have a whole galaxy to run. All you have to worry about is your family and your job.” “That's true, but you have infinite time and power and we do not.” God countered: “You don't know what you're talking about. It is much harder being me!” The man persisted and they were getting nowhere so the man asked God to change places just for a short while so they could see what it was like in each other’s “shoes.” Now, God didn't want to do this, but man kept begging until God agreed and for one instant, each felt what the other had to deal with every day. When things returned to normal, man agreed that God had the harder job.
I guess the moral of the story is that we all have to be happy that we are who we are and I guess that's the secret of feeling special.
One day an older couple was sitting on the patio of their home drinking wine when the wife said, “I love you so much; I don't know how I could ever live without you.” To which her husband asks, “Is that you or the wine talking?” And she replied, “It's me.... talking to the wine.”