The Reason for the Season: A Useless Hypocracy(?)

Posted: January 3, 2013 by Ty in Musings, Spirituality
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English: Hanukkah menorah, known also as Hanuk...

English: Hanukkah menorah, known also as Hanukiah. Česky: Chanukový svícen chanukija (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This Sunday we move towards the Feast of Epiphany, yet in Canada it won’t be a fun feast celebrating the 12th day of Christmas and the visit of the Magi to the Manger, rather it will be a service where chances are the sermon will centre on this story from the Gospel of Matthew.  What a way to celebrate the oldest known feast in the Christian calendar?

I sit here and wonder what if?

It also aids that I just finished a Superman collection from 1994, that included one of those wonderful Christmas stories that centered on the real meaning of the festive season (yes it is festive as it is Solstice, KwanzaaHanukkah,  and Christ-Mass to name a few)…yet these are holidays centered on new life, hope being born into the world, peace, love, joy, faith and miracles.  It is the message within the story where they Clark & the gang discover that Alice, a Planet intern has been living in the building for 3 years after losing her home when her elderly mum died (from depression and sky rocketing living costs), the Y couldn’t keep her any longer, and even in the early 1990’s understanding the PTSD of the institutionalized shelter system. The story was about colleagues doing what one without superpowers can do to change their world, loving their neighbour and aiding Alice to get back on her feet.

A happy ending, which is what I truly think people mentally believe when they say “Jesus is the reason for the season” or “say Merry Christmas not happy holidays” or “keep Christ in Christmas” that may be the mental exercise, but too often I then see the same people involved in hypocritical  in abuse cycles, ignoring those in need, cheering on leaders who oppress their people or watch individuals slowly die, or preach that if you are not blessed with wealth or health then you are truly not a believer, etc… I am sure in our collective histories we can create a massive list of what Christian’s we know have done to us or others to literally turn us off from Christ.

But let’s reflect if we take this idea of “Reason for the Season” seriously heading into Epiphany, and take on a challenge to be super heroes (and please blue sky your own list of daily miracles you will do over the next 30 days to change your world for the better):

Invite your family over for supper

Buy a neighbour a cup of coffee

Do a random act of kindness

those clothes you never wear/can’t fit well bag them up and take them to your local shelter or thrift store to transform a life (in fact do a huge purge and everything within the same category do the same with and feel the release of stress from your life).

Toss that Loonie to the panhandler, or better yet offer to have a burger with them ($1.39 AT McDonald’s).

Say hi or smile at a stranger

Pay someone else’s transit fare

Hug your spouse, children, loved ones and tell them you love them (but make sure your actions show this and they are not just more empty words)

Have a potluck for friends, and/or neighbours.

Remember simply that life is about loving and living… The reason for the season is not whose name is in the bloody holiday, but the rules the Holy Mystery laid down for us:

Love the Sacred with your all

Love your neighbour

Love your self.

 

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  1. Frank Olvera (aka "The Christian Noob") says:

    thanks for the link 🙂

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