Five Minutes with the Child Jesus A Christmas Story by Alvaro Correa, LC
Illustrations by Gloria Lorenzo
While this story has been called A Christmas Story, I believe it is really a story about the corporal works of mercy and the faith of a child that happens to take place at Christmas.
The main character is Michael, a ten year old boy who knows to be respectful in church, and who truly speaks to Jesus as his friend. School has just let out for Christmas break and Michael has stopped in at Our Lady of the Snow Catholic Church with his friend Andrew, whose father is a sacristan there. While Andrew speaks to his father in the sacristy, Michael sits in a pew and speaks to Jesus.
Jesus not only speaks back to Michael, He brings Michael on a series of visits to the lonely, the impoverished, the sick, and the hard of heart. Michael listens to the instructions of Jesus for each of these visits, and we see people being helped and healed throughout the “five minutes.”
This book is written as a children’s book, however, it is really a story from which anyone who seeks to do the Lord’s will can learn. Jesus said, “Let the children come to me; do not prevent them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Amen, I say to you, whoever does not accept the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it.” (Mark 10:14b-15 NAB) This book demonstrates what our Lord meant about the faith of a child.
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