“Christmas gives us the opportunity to pause and reflect on the important things around us.” ~ David Cameron
As we continue the celebration of Christmas, we also celebrate the Feast of St. John, the Apostle and Evangelist. John is the one whom many have called the poetic evangelist for his writings are often quite lofty. They help us, in many ways, to see God from a different perspective and that can be a good thing.
When we look at something the same way all the time, we can miss other presenting features. We also run the risk of not paying attention when we view the same thing the same way over and over again. This might best be proven by speaking to commuters who make the same drive day in and day out. There are times when they get to work or get home and remember not a single thing of the commute. That is quite dangerous because they could easily get into accidents when they “zone out” doing the same thing repeatedly.
While we celebrate Christmas once again during the Octave, it might behoove us to view Christmas from a different perspective. Perhaps we have family or friends who celebrate Christmas differently. It might be a good idea to ask them about their experiences and to share our own so that we can see the beauty of Christmas from another person’s perspective.
Today might be a good day to take a Bible and go to a church and sit in front of the Nativity scene and read from the first chapter of the Gospel of John, “In the beginning was the Word…” Reflect upon the mystery of the Incarnation and thank God for the great gift He has given to each of us, the gift of His own Son.
FAITH ACTION: Read the first chapter of the Gospel of John either in a church or at home.