I want to wish a happy Christmas to all who read my blog. May the divine light of the enfleshed Logos illuminate your life! (Wow, that was a little new agey, huh? I stand by it nonetheless!)
I hope, later on today (I’m actually about to go to bed, but it is technically Christmas here in socal), in the midst of preparing to go to the relatives’ and delivering gifts to various people, to post some reflections on the event we celebrate on December 25th.
Until then, your assignment is to peruse two readings. The first is John Paul II’s Christmas homily, just delivered at midnight (Vatican time, of course!). Check it out on the the Holy See’s spiffy web site. The second piece of reading is an article about Bono’s trips across America to promote awareness of AIDS in Africa. The article has some interesting quotes about God becoming a human in a sacrificial act. He also talks about why he doesn’t feel like he can call himself a Christian. Really interesting! Anyway, it’s called “Bono Issues Blunt Message for Christians”.
My favorite quotes:
-JPII: “O Child, who willed to have for your crib a manger; O Creator of the universe, who stripped yourself of divine glory; O Redeemer, who offered your vulnerable body in sacrifice for the salvation of humanity! May the radiance of your birth light up the night of the world. May the power of your message of love thwart the proud snares of the evil one. May the gift of your life make us understand ever more clearly the worth of the life of each human being. Too much blood is still being shed on the earth! Too much violence and too many conflicts trouble the peaceful coexistence of nations! You come to bring us peace. You are our peace! You alone can make of us ‘a people purified” and belonging to you for ever, a people “zealous for good deeds’ (Tit 2.14).”
-Bono: “That there’s a force of love and logic behind the universe is overwhelming to start with, if you believe it, but the idea that that same love and logic would choose to describe itself as a baby born in shit and straw and poverty, is genius. And brings me to my knees, literally. Christ’s example is being demeaned by the church if they ignore the new leprosy, which is AIDS. The church is the sleeping giant here. If it wakes up to what’s really going on in the rest of the world, it has a real role to play. If it doesn’t, it will be irrelevant.”
Okay, read those two pieces and I will try to get something original out of my head and into pixels. I’m not promising anything, but I’ll try!
Have a blessed and happy Christmas!