|Mr. Rodrigues can be found at @ed1667 on Twitter|
Thankfully, a very dear couple -- though they are not Christian, nevertheless they are very Christian at heart -- gave me food for thought. Materialism has crept into religious celebrations of every faith.
In retrospect, I wonder whether I have ever genuinely celebrated Christmas the way Jesus would like me to?
After all, the first manger was not as cute as we depict in The Nativity Scene. It surely must have been very messy, smelly and cold too. Jesus was warmed by the body heat of the animals and the breath of the cattle. The creatures of the stable must have recognized their Creator and His plight!
Mystically, Jesus is born in every human being. His is a distressing disguise -- a unique disguise that He, as Author chooses to wear in every person, who’s created in His Image. "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and for ever." (Hebrews 13:8)
The first Christmas occurred in obscurity and deep silence. God chose poverty over fanfare and grandeur. Silence is God’s favorite language. Paradoxically, silence is the most elusive language for us especially in our day and time. More often than not, to maintain and offer just one minute of silence in the course of the 1,440 minutes of each day becomes an uncomfortable experience.
|Blessed Teresa of Calcutta|
What a beautiful exchange waits for us there! All we have to do is reach out and take it.