A Christmas Side Dish

Christmas is everywhere. Thank God!

A quick glance over my shoulder, then a quick glance forward alerts me to a world that is not yet lost, for Christ is celebrated still, even if not remembered.

Surely the annual trick of Christmas is to remember Jesus as we celebrate Him?

“Take time to be aware that in the very midst of our busy preparations for the celebration of Christ’s birth in ancient Bethlehem, Christ is reborn in the Bethlehems of our homes and daily lives. Take time, slow down, be still, be awake to the Divine Mystery that looks so common and so ordinary, yet is wondrously present.

An old abbot was fond of saying, ‘The devil is always the most active on the highest feast days.’

The supreme trick of Old Scratch is to have us so busy decorating, preparing food, practicing music and cleaning in preparation for the feast of Christmas that we actually miss the coming of Christ. Hurt feelings, anger, impatience, injured egos—the list of clouds that busyness creates to blind us to the birth can be long, but it is familiar to us all.” ~ Edward Hays

Honor Jesus first in the heart at Christmas, then He too will be first elevated in the home.

The pace we keep at Christmas, all our responses and all our duties are at best a side-dish to Christmas.

Today's Soul Snippet:

Reverence of God and the boasting of self are no better mix than oil and water.

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