Merry Christmas! Two of the most beautiful words ever put together, conveying the joy of the birth of the Savior-Servant-King. Two words announcing the celebration of God's eternal Love for his creation and especially sinful man.....
I have often said in talks I give the "God loves us as we are... but too much to leave us this way". We will never understand why God, chose that time, that place, that woman, to directly enter into human history through the Incarnation but Christmas is not about figuring out the 'why's' but simply celebrating the fact that he did. I'm certainly glad he did because this deacon knows he needs a Savior as he struggles with the rest of humanity in its pettiness, spitefulness, jealousy, insecurity and anxiety. The words "Merry Christmas" confirms to me that there is hope for me and for the rest of humanity.
There is a tendency these days to say "Happy Holidays" instead of "Merry Christmas" in the name of political correctness, but I am not offended if my Jewish brethren wishes me "Happy Hannukah" or if my African American brethren wishes me a "Happy Kwanzaa" if they are sharing the joy of their holy days, why hide it behind some obscure greeting?
It is the true meaning of Christmas that makes people happy: The Savior is Born. People smile a lot more, are nicer to their neighbors, look forward to spending time with family and love ones. I dare say that's why people would endure malls, long lines at grocery stores and traffic jams. I know that consumerism has crept in, Christmas decorations hit the stores from October. The business people know how to play on the mood of Christmas but they can't create it (they would if they could): only Christ can!
Joy to the World, for unto us is born a Savior, Jesus Christ who is Lord. Love came down and dwelt in our midst, still does and will reveal himself to all who seek. And wise men will seek him!
And so I wish you all, with all the blessing, love and hope that comes with it: Merry Christmas.
Hi, welcome to my weekly blog. I'm deacon Michel and I love blogging and the healthy exchange of constructive ideas. Now my mind has been known to wander on a million different things all at once so don't be surprised at what you find here. I often scratch my head and go 'Huh?' at my own thoughts. Feel free to leave a comment and share your thoughts with me.
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For I take seriously what a very wise man has often said to me:
"Ordination is not license for private practice" - Msgr. A. Andersen