The Word of God

Reflection – Lectionary: 4


For many adults during this time of waiting and watching, the profound images of Santa and his flying reindeer figure as a larger-than-life episode in warm, comforting, and beautiful Christmas memories. “How does that work?” we might have asked. We all knew that because of those remarkable creatures, Christmas night was to be a success every year. As we age, much of the childhood props begin to fade, and we are left with the only plausible explanation of why Christmas can and should make us very happy: “On that day, a shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse, and from his roots a bud shall blossom.”

The great transition into adulthood allows us to keep hold of the wonder and priceless chill of a star-lit sky hoping that everyone receives what they want and need for Christmas. And isn’t that the core of belief at this time? Let everyone be lifted high to welcome the King of kings and the Lord of lords to bring us a great sense of love and forgiveness and deep love for those whom the Lord has given to us to love. That would be accomplished not by the light of deer but of other wonderfully inspired messengers and equally important for Christmas: “Welcome one another, then, as Christ welcomed you, for the glory of God.”

We probably heard it said that God never promised us an easy flight but certainly a safe landing. That is most definitely true. And while we adults watch children all around us appreciate their childhood again, bills and promises and deadlines all loom as well. But it is Jesus who makes all this understandable, warm, beautiful, and comforting for all of us, kids and big kids alike. That’s why we can believe every word of the Gospel today: “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!”

“He always knew he was a little different, but he let his light shine regardless of what others said. Be more like Rudolph!” from An Autistic Christmas

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