Dec 9, 2010

What have you Heard and Seen this Christmas?

The Virgin Mary, baby Jesus, and angels in heaven.
Oh, you say, Had I been there at Bethlehem that night, I would have seen and I would have understood. I would have known it was the Christ child. Would you?? There is one way of knowing: Ask yourself what you have SEEN and HEARD this Christmas Season. When you watched the 6:00 news, did you see chaos and strife, or did you see sheep without a shepherd? When you went out to do your shopping, did you see only hordes of people in the stores, or did you notice the worried expressions on some of their faces—worried because they are facing this Christmas without employment or enough
money and they don’t know how they are going to make ends meet? Did you hear only the blast of music and carols, or did you hear the silent sighs of the lonely and the bereaved who may be dreading Christmas because it accentuates their loneliness?
In the midst of the sounds of honking horns and people arguing over parking places, did you hear faint sounds of laughter coming from mission projects because you furnished food and possibly a toy for a family or child. So often what you see and what you hear is not dependent upon the event, but upon you. If you did in fact hear the cry from the lonely, the laughter of poor children, if you saw the sheep without a shepherd, then, and only then, might you have noticed the events that took place in Bethlehem that night. If you lacked that spiritual seeing and hearing, then you probably would have been with the 99% who were present but who saw or heard nothing out of the ordinary. In the end perhaps one sentence, words it best: No ear may hear his coming, but in this world of sin, where meek souls shall receive him still, the dear Christ child enters in. (Reprinted from the St. Francis Fraternity of Easton, Pa., December "Canticle"). Simplicity, SFO