When I read the gospels it seems this Christ of Christmas has a message for us all and it’s relatively simple: Don’t be an asshole! This cardinal contemplative notion seems to underscore the words we have of Christ that are in print today. Nicole Conner – Reflections of a Mugwump
As the magi and the shepherds and Mary and Joseph looked down on a baby lying in the manger, what brought them joy was not the vision of a world where everyone was as gentle and innocent as a baby. What brought them joy was the vision of the final and ultimate defeat of sin and death. They were looking at a gentle baby but they were also looking at a liberator. One who would proclaim good news to the poor? Declare freedom for the prisoners,Recover sight for the blind, And one who would set the anxious free from their burdens. Jesus came to turn the darkness into light. To make the rough places smooth. And we who believe in Him have this confidence that when we pray He hears us. He has promised us that in His presence there is fullness of joy.
It’s that time of year again. While some folks claim there is a ‘war on Christmas’, it takes very little research to discover that this apocalyptic, deluded conspiracy theory holds little truth. The thrill of hope is not a list of rules. It is not a group of exclusive, privileged people arguing who is more holy or right than the other. The thrill of hope is that the child born to Mary, is the Saviour of the world, who also identifies with our frailty, our sorrow, our disappointments, our questions, our joys and all our longings. Nicole Conner
If we truly want to be bearers of hope, peace and love, then we need to firstly be those who walk with understanding and compassion. Focus your thoughts on all the good things about Christmas–the opportunity to engage in loving kindness, generosity of spirit, and gratitude for others in your life.
Truly He taught us to love one another; His law is love and His gospel is peace. Chains shall He break for the slave is our brother; And in His name all oppression shall cease.
So as we meditate on Christmas this year does it really matter what we say or the day that we chose to celebrate. I think that we should remember the person that we are celebrating.