Today is (not) about Jesus: a meditation on Christmas.

I am one to over-dramatize things.  I tend to lean on the side of self-aggrandizement.  Today is not about me; today is not about you; today is not about the day the Western world claims to be the birthday of Jesus; it is about something far greater.  This morning, I was reading from my Bible which I usually do in the morning before Sarah and the pets get up, and came across this verse:

“Steadfast love and faithfulness meet; righteousness and peace kiss each other.”  -Psalm 85:10, ESV.

Regardless of what a person believes, there is a reason that Christmas is a holiday not limited to individuals who attempt to adhere to a Christian worldview.  No person can argue against the good for the community in which the historical Jesus of Nazareth lived.  Some read accounts and see a man who loved people and a mythology of miracles began to surround him; I believe that Divine Love made itself present in a physical world, and that Love created an atmosphere of possibility where miracles took place.

In having a day on the calendar to celebrate the Incarnation of Love in the person of Jesus, we in humanity recognize the potential for love, peace, faithfulness and righteousness to truly be present among us.  We testify that more than 2000 years ago, a person walked the earth who lived so radically, all who encountered him witnessed a life where faithfulness and love intersected and righteousness and peace were demonstrated.  We see the hope that humanity could stop clinging on to the things that divide and embrace the very things that unite.  When we celebrate Christmas, we celebrate the thought that one day all of humanity could imitate the personality traits of Jesus.

Last night, Sarah and I attended a watch night service at a Catholic church where the priest placed a challenge to the parishioners.  The Nativity Story is poignant because if hatred and grudges take up all the space so that there is no room in the inn of our hearts, then love has no choice but to reside in the outskirts of our lives.  On this Christmas Day, I choose to celebrate the thought that a world of Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Gentleness, Faithfulness, and Self-Control is possible because of the actions lived out by one Man.

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