Reflection by Tom Albus, a parishioner.
"The past is never dead. It's not even past." - William Faulkner
I have often wondered what it would have been like to be one of those shepherds tending their flocks near Bethlehem on the night of Christ's birth. Wouldn't it be so awesome to see and hear the angels and then arrive at the stable to see the baby Jesus, Mary and Joseph that first Christmas? Remember, though, the birth of Christ is not just a historical event. When he hope for it during Advent 2012 and celebrate it on December 25th we give continued vitality to the eternal truth of Christmas.
This is what Henri Nouwen’s Yale colleague Brevard Childs had to say about memory and living our faith:
The act of remembering serves to actualize the past for a generation removed in time from those former events in order that they themselves can have an intimate encounter with the great acts of redemption....Although separated in time and space from the sphere of God’s revelation in the past, through memory the gulf is spanned, and the exiled people share again in redemptive history.
Isn't it cool to think that Jesus came into the world to give light to darkness two thousand years ago but, even more than that, He comes into our lives and our hearts every day and every moments when we remember and accept that truth?
I know the Incarnation happened. I am grateful for it and I can welcome Christ into my heart at Christmas and always just by remembering.