Posted by: goodmorningmystic | January 2, 2012

Christmas Every Day

I’m packing up the tree and dusting off the Santa on my mantle before he goes back into a box in the basement.  I can’t help but ask myself, again, is all this stuff really necessary?  Have we drifted too far off course and forgotten the meaning of the season?  What is Christmas all about? 

Grumbling about having to put my Christmas decorations away, I found myself procrastinating (again).  Thumbing through old theology books – located in the basement very near to the space where my Christmas decorations will soon be stored – I came across Sermon 101 by Meister Eckhart which he delivered to his Dominican brothers one Christmas in the 14th century.  He writes about the way in which the Divine Word is born, how we are to conduct ourselves with regard to the birth; and what we are to gain from it. 

Meister Eckhart says, and I paraphrase (apologies to Eckhart scholars everywhere for any perceived insult), that God the Father gives birth to his Son in our souls.  And according to Eckhart the mystic, God does this in order to seek unity with us. 

Meister Eckhart quotes St. Augustine (actually it was Origen, in Homily 9 on Jeremiah) who says: “What does it avail me that this birth is always happening, if it does not happen in me?  That it should happen in me is what matters.”

According to Meister Eckhart, Christmas is God’s effort to seek union with us through the birth of his Son, Jesus. 

Ah, I say.  That’s what Christmas is all about.  A veritable Charlie Brown moment.  Christmas is about unity with God.   That it should happen to me is what matters. 

In this century, in our secular world, Christmas is considered over on December 26th.  Done.  On to the New Year.   For the mystic, Christmas is always happening.  Every day.  It is the gift of God lodged deeply in our Souls.  All we have to do is open the gift.  Merry Christmas! 

So, as far as Santa and all the stuff that goes along with Christmas these days is concerned, I believe we might need the lighter-side of the season as a bit of a diversion.  Christmas is a deep spiritual, mystical, sacred mythic journey that takes much more than a season to contemplate.  

Libertas spiritu.

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