The last night of Advent before the celebration of Christmas 2012. With the winter solstice occurring on the “day of doom” last Friday, 21st of December we now have hope that the nights will get shorter and the days will get longer so that by June the light will overcome the darkness. That’s what we have going for us every year. That is just one thing that keeps us walking forward one foot in front of the other. This night, in Newtown, families are quietly mourning for what could have been and is no more. In the middle of celebrations of a glorious birth is the incredible sadness of loss. Unbearable in some cases, hopeless in others. These families, as well as others in our world, need to be in our minds and hearts these days, these hours when our families are gathered to celebrate this Christmas. It is a joyous time to be sure and I think we shouldn’t feel guilt while others are hurting. Life is sometimes very unfair. But in all of the unfair-ness there is always the presence of God. Hard to find? Yeah, but there.
Fun fact of the day–Oplatek. A popular Polish tradition is the custom of sharing the “oplatek” (“Anielski Chleb” Angel bread) on the last days before Christmas, especially tonite. It is a wafer thin bread which family members break off and give to one another to eat, expressing a blessing upon them and asking for forgiveness for any wrongs done. Nice. Breaking bread is a great way to settle stuff…having a meal together. It’s where we get the term “companion” (with bread).
The reading for today comes from Luke (Lk 1:67-79)
You, my child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High,
for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way,
to give his people knowledge of salvation
by the forgiveness of their sins.
O________K. Now is the time to look to all our people and their troubles and triumphs and to offer any help that may be needed. Nothing to lose, every thing to gain. Plan “B” doesn’t make any sense. The end to unemployment insurance payments to those still looking for jobs is unconscionable. Listening to Donald Trump spout stuff, any stuff, is a waste of fleeting time and energy. When he offers credible solutions, maybe I’ll listen. Write your congressman (mine lives just around the corner) tell them we are an American family not an American corporation. Oh, and by the way to help stop all the loud wailing and gnashing of teeth is to turn off Fox News.
and so it goes…