A Christmas Letter
And this shall be a sign unto you; you shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes,
lying in a manger. – Luke 2:1-12
Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Even at this late date rolls of wrapping paper are on many of our dining room tables along with the assorted bows, ribbons, and tape dispensers of gift giving. Although some of you may be terrible wrappers – too much paper and too little tape – I suspect you all savor the experience of adorning the Christmas presents with a personal touch. As you maneuver the scissors and scan the gifts, you may imagine how the recipients will respond when the wrapping paper flies up into the wind revealing the surprises nestled beneath those two-dimensional stars, trees,and reindeer. Doesn’t it do the soul some good to lovingly prepare and deliver a bit of Christmas joy?
Luke invites his audience – that’s us – to take a good look at the good news wrapped in swaddling clothes. As we gather with shepherds, angles, wise men, and well-wishers near the foot of the crib, we join mother Mary in pondering the significance of the beautiful gift cooing in our sight. What does this surprise mean for us? How should we respond to Grace unfolding before us and all people?
Perhaps we start by telling the beneficiaries of our packages and greeting cards that that are valued and loved by God and by us.
May the light and wonder of Bethlehem fill your heart with joy and love.
Peace be with you always,
God’s servant and producer of Divine Office