nothing says Christmas like a Mayan Calendar
nothing says Christmas like a Mayan Calendar

It’s Friday and I am still lap-topless. If you are reading this on Friday we can safely say that the Mayan version of AT-A-GLANCE needs updating. Don’t you just hate it when you run out of year before you run out of appointments? I am sure the Mayan’s were bumbed when their version of the world came to an end. End times is always a rallying point for people. It is time for them to get their sh*t together before they meet the creator. Some Christians call it the “rapture” which some fundamentalists not too long ago concocted using several unrelated scripture passages. Not only would the Christ return, but a few years earlier he would snatch people right out of their clothes to heaven leaving most of the schlubs behind…as in Left Behind. People would just disappear on their way to Safeway or sitting in jetliners or infants would suddenly disappear out of their mom’s arms. Then, with the just safely in heaven, Satan would be free to roam the earth being really really mean to the unjust, those left behind. After a time the Lord would return and the earth would end. Kinda creepy when you think about it but a couple of good things might happen as well. I am not a fan of Westboro “Baptist”, they think themselves “just” so if they disappeared while picketing I think we’d all be happy (although imagining Fred Phelps without clothes just took away my appetite). And when those people disappear from jetliners (hopefully there would be an unjust pilot or co-pilot left behind to fly the plane) it would probably open up first class seating which I think I could (since I am unjust) take full advantage of…maybe get extra bonus miles out of it. Just a thought. Whatever the case maybe, being Irish and being left behind doesn’t sound like a bad deal all around. I would be with my friends.

Fun facts for today– Because I don’t have my little profound scripts, which are on my lap top, suffice it to say that these events happened on this day 21 December…

December 21, 1891 18 students play first basketball game (Springfield College)

December 21, 1898 Scientists Pierre & Marie Curie discovers radium

December 21, 1909 University of Copenhagen rejects Cook’s claim that he was first to North Pole

December 21, 1913 “Arthur Wynne’s “”word-cross””, the first crossword puzzle, is published in the New York World.”

December 21, 1913 The first crossword puzzle (with 32 clues) printed in New York World

December 21, 1914 “First feature-length silent film comedy, “”Tillie’s Punctured Romance”” released. (Marie Dressler, Mabel Normand and Charles Chaplin)”

December 21, 1915 “25.83 cm (10.17″”) of rainfall, Glenora, Oregon (state record)”

December 21, 2012 “Forecast as the end of this age by the Mayans, who had remarkably accurate lunar and solar calendars, and fairly advanced mathematics.” (If their forecast is so accurate, how come they missed their own demise?)

December 21, 2012 “Hold off buying Christmas presents til after Dec 21, 2012” (there will be a sale!)

December 21, 2012 “Nostradamus predicted Armageddon for Dec 21, 2012” (he was so right so often…not)

December 21, 2012 “The Mayan civilization predicted that on December 21, 2012 something will happen to the world we know. Something will happen that will change our civilization, value systems and the way we know human civilization forever.”  (Maybe Congress will pass a bill?)

The reading for today comes from the great Luke (Lk 1:39-45)

Mary set out in those days
and traveled to the hill country in haste
to a town of Judah,
where she entered the house of Zechariah
and greeted Elizabeth.
When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting,
the infant leaped in her womb,
and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit,
cried out in a loud voice and said,
“Most blessed are you among women,
and blessed is the fruit of your womb.

Then there is the simple quiet story of  a pregnant Mary’s visit to her pregnant cousin Elizabeth and Elizabeth’s insight into all things mystical. I love Luke’s accounts of the early days of Jesus’ life even before he was born. These stories are so rich and so personal that one wonders if Luke actually interviewed Mary for the story. I cannot imagine him making this stuff up. Being able to see the  joyful big picture as these two humble women were able to do is extraordinary in it self and more so during these days before Christmas. I think of the families who a week ago today lost their precious little ones, as well as the adults who cared for their kids. Joy is a gift we can give each other during this season, but unlike past seasons, this joy is tempered with sorrow and anguish. Let us remember those families left behind in Newtown in our gatherings next week. They need our visit of prayers and good wishes thrown their way…
and a good way to begin to feel a little joy is to turn off Fox News.

and so it goes…