Frenzy of Christmas, A Child's Mistake Was A Message Of Love
If we treated each other like we do around this time a year -- if every part of the year we acted as if it were Christmas -- many more of us would get directly into Heaven (that is, if we are in the Christmas spirit!).
In fact, according to mystical theology, how we treat each other, and how much we love God, are the two most basic "criteria" of "judgment."
Perhaps it is more of an "evaluation": We are evaluated on our spiritual growth in the way of love and must remember that materialism often gets in the way of that. Materialism is selfish and creates a crust around our spirits and (so we are told) must be "chipped off" in purgatory.
Wouldn't it be nice if the holy-days went back to being like they once were, and if what we bought was mainly for children (instead of the adults who, these days, have so much that they are virtually impossible to buy for)?
Incredible it is how modern society has turned the time honoring arrival of the Prince of Peace into a Time of Frenzy.
"In today's consumer society, this time of the year unfortunately suffers from a sort of commercial 'pollution' that threatens to alter its real spirit," Pope Benedict XVI told a large crowd gathered in St. Peter's Square to hear his weekly Angelus blessing.
What a time this is! Luxury cars everywhere -- one new one costing $1.25 million. Homes that go for $5 million (before remodeling). Everyone a fashion prince or princess.
In buying gifts, maybe we have to ask what Jesus would give.
Perhaps modest clothes, healthy food items, holy books, and simple tools, among others. With a smidgeon of humor we might add: choice wine (this home-made).
But really, there is a serious issue here. We live to love and that's what we should do at Christmas.
Love. Love before all. Christ was taken out of Christmas long before they started saying "Happy Holidays" -- and long before the Nativity was barred from public display. He was taken out of Christmas when gift-giving, when frenzy, when sales, replaced love and prayer.
The vast majority of folks will spend more time this Advent and Christmas season in malls than in churches and this has paved the way to what we now see: lawsuits to prevent the word "Christmas," stores that no longer acknowledge the very reason for their sales, and even thefts and desecrations at Nativities!
A little mystical truth there. When we as Christian fail or transgress, we leave the door open to the enemy.
Sometimes, to teach us this, God has to turn things upside down. A great lesson that can be: how the Lord has to turn us on our heads to get our attention.
This e-mail bears witness:
"Those in the front row- center stage -- held up large letters, one by one, to spell out the title of the song.
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