Thursday, December 26, 2019
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. (John 1:1-3)
The human heart, our hearts, long for unity, for the peace that comes when we rest, one with ourselves, with the Love that we, each, essentially are.
For we, too, are words made flesh, having come to be through him, through this Love who shines in the face of Christ, through the Love that inebriates the heart during this holy season when we become more ourselves than we usually are.
Perhaps it is the act of giving gifts, the excitement of finding (actually, stumbling on) and buying that one thing, no matter how seemingly small or insignificant, which symbolizes the love we know and share with another human soul.
Yes, maybe this is what puts us in touch with our deep inner selves, with the presence of soul that is Christ, the Love who resides in our deepest inner room, waiting release into the world through our words and acts.
Behold, I stand at the door and knock, Christ says in this and every season. He is not outside your being but within, Love awaiting release.
This blessed season—its colors and cheer, haunting melodies of love and longing, the gifts through which we give ourselves—charms and enchants us until we release the anxieties that demand we do more, know more, earn more and have more.
The more we need is already ours, already within, a Love greater than any we’d dreamed knocks on the inner door our hearts, waiting for us to look and see, look and feel, look and know the beauty we hide within, the secret of our souls.
Christ. Christ is the secret of your soul. Deep within, you are the Love that shines in Jesus of Nazareth. Seeing him again, his birth in this blessed season, we see the wonder of God’s face and the face we hide within.
Christ comes, the Love he is, that knowing him, we might know and live the Love we are, at peace, finally, with the secret of our souls.
Pr. David L. Miller