Wednesday, January 4, 2017

And Christmas Continues on....

CHRISTMAS is a season; it goes on and on, at least until February 2nd, on one level. So don’t let the garbage trucks determine the length or intensity of your celebration of Christmas! Don’t give them your untrimmed tree too soon! The longer that jeweled tree can remind you of Jesus’ birth, death on another tree, Resurrection and Ascension, i.e. the entire mystery of the season, the better!
On a second level, the Nativity, imaged in the crib scene, invites us to search for God in the least likely places: among the poor, the misfits, foreigners and nonbelievers.  And above all, in our humanity! So why would we let the dump trucks or the storage room rob us of time to simply sit and ponder?
Besides, February 2nd, the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple, will be here before we want it!
Renee Domeier, OSB

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