The Magi didn't expect the Holy Family to be so much
larger than life. Quite the Epiphany!
And the trip was such a schlep, they decided
to head home another way.
|Take a page from my book...|
If you want to know, yes, at first I offered an inner 'you GO, Pope Francis!' My smug response quickly dissolved when I started to read the list of diseases. You see, following Jesus, the pope is offering something to all of us. If we don’t see ourselves in some of those diseases, then perhaps we are missing the point."
It is the disease of people who are 'scowling and unfriendly and think that, in order to be serious, they must show a melancholic and strict face and treat others -- especially those, whom they think are inferior -- with rigidity, harshness and arrogance.'In reality, adds the Pope, 'theatrical strictness and sterile pessimism are often symptoms of fear and insecurity about themselves. The apostle must strive to be a polite, serene, enthusiastic and joyful person...'. Francis invites people to be full of humour and self-irony; 'How beneficial a healthy dose of humour can be!'
"She wanted to know what message I'd be delivering on Christmas Eve."
"Jesus loves you...no matter what?"Turns out I hadn't heard the lead-in, his framework for delivering on Christmas Eve, this core Christian message about Jesus' abiding love, mercy, and grace.
"Santa is the only one who cares if you're naughty or nice, but Jesus loves you no matter what."I treasured all these words and pondered them in my heart, wondering out loud if this might mean that Santa, not Jesus, was Jewish. Also, why would the puppet be a goose? Given the Anglican tradition of tucking into roasted goose for Christmas, wasn't that just a wee bit weird and possibly traumatizing for the little ones?
"You don't have to go."I'm thinking I should probably thank Santa for that.
|Christmas Hamper by Robert Braithwaite Martineau|