Author: Fr. Nicholas Reid
Full disclosure: I love Christmas! The entire season (it is more than just one day you know) is a time where we focus on the here and now; so very often family returns home, we surround ourselves with the comfort of traditions both culinary in the food we eat and decorative in the Christmas tree adorned with ornaments. Even the music is different in the month of December.
Christmas is an encounter with a God who cares about you so much he decided he couldn’t stand to live apart from you; so He became one of us to bless us and to bless others through us.
Every present purchased, wrapped, and set under the tree eventually passes away except for His presence (see what I did there? ). In our heart of hearts we do not need anything extra under the tree to feel blessed, we need only to intentionally open our eyes to the perspective of the Holy Spirit. Whether it is Tiny Tim saying famously, “God bless us everyone,” or the remark of the wheel chair bound athlete (in my last post) when he says, “You guys are getting better at this!” both chose to see their situation in the perspective of blessings. It isn’t easy; but it is the only way.
Linked to this blog post is a touching video that really drives home the importance of perspective. Scrooge chose a new perspective when he saw where his choices were leading him and those he was called to love. We can choose a new perspective too. Right now is the perfect time to see our entire lives in a new divine light as a meeting point with the Birth of Christ; here and now. And we need this new perspective to see ourselves as Jesus sees us and to see others as he sees them. As blessings.