The Nativity of Our Lord (Christmas) 2014December 25, 2014
DESIRE AND FULFILLMENT
Perhaps more than any other time of year, Christmas is a time of nostalgia. It is a time when the child in us emerges once again. When we reconnect with our families; sing songs written decades, if not centuries ago; and relive traditions that any other time of year fail to even cross our mind.
When were children, Christmas was a time of desire and fulfillment. Desires of toys and sugary foods arrived in abundance on Christmas morning. As we aged, those desires changed, often making their fulfillment a little harder to manage. The things we want have bigger price tags than the things we wanted long ago.
But then we age a little more and suddenly the things we desire aren’t very expensive at all.
In his book, No Man is an Island, Thomas Merton asks: “Why do we spend our lives striving to be something that we would never want to be? If only we knew what we wanted. Why do we waste our time doing things which, if we only stopped to think about them, are just the opposite of what we were made for?”
I think Christmas is a time to remember what we are made for – to desire the right things. It is a time when we ask what or who we believe in? Which is a rather poignant question these days since most of us don’t simply inherit a belief system any more. Now we question everything – which is not bad, so long as we know which questions to ask. . .
CLICK HERE for the readings for the Nativity of Our Lord (Isaiah 9:1-6; Psalm 96; Titus 2:11-14; Luke 2:1-14).