Another Christmas period, and all that that brings. The packed parking lots, the festive yuletide happy hours, cooking – and eating – the fatted calf.
And maybe, in a quiet, reflective moment, a spark of will catch flame inside you and for a few seconds or moments or, if you’re lucky, hours, you’ll feel a deep sense of place and connection with your fellow man and the universe that you recognize as the Christmas spirit.
Those tantalizing moments are tragically short-lived. Some complain that they don’t like this time of year because we should have this spirit all round. “It’s fake and phony,” they say. But it doesn’t fell that way to any who are still enough to allow themselves to receive the grace and depth of that spirit. That Holy Spirit we can call it, and we should take time to remember that this time of year is for honouring that divine presence. Yes, Christmas, of all times, is time to remember that.
Glorification and the Christmas Spirit, today on Thinking with Somebody Else’s Head.