So here we are on day three of Christmas. Most of the country is contemplating taking the decorations down and going back to “normal” life. For Christians the challenge of the incarnation is not the journey towards the first day of Christmas but to inhabit the incarnational nature of our faith; to walk with Christ as he leaves the humble surroundings of his birth and journeys towards the cross.
Fr Simon posted this poem by Howard Thurman on his blog back in August. I was so struck by the words I made a bookmark of it for everyone who came to midnight mass and Christmas morning this year.
“When the song of the angels is stilled,
when the star in the sky is gone,
when the kings and princes are home,
when the shepherds are back with the flocks,
then the work of Christmas begins:
to find the lost,
to heal those broken in spirit,
to feed the hungry,
to release the oppressed,
to rebuild the nations,
to bring peace among all peoples,
to make a little music with the heart…
And to radiate the Light of Christ,
every day, in every way, in all that we do and in all that we say.
Then the work of Christmas begins.”
How can we resist the temptation of those around us packing the nativity into a box and placing Jesus back in the loft until next year? How can we use the coming year as digital disciples following the call of Jesus?