From Advent to a New Live with Christ

December 18:


From Advent to a New Live with Christ

The commercialization of Christmas preempts the Advent season; it dilutes the religious and spiritual meaning of both seasons. It undermines the prominence of righteousness, justice, and peace (Ps.71). It places greater emphasis on the material aspects of Christmas, which implicitly erodes the purpose of Christ’s first and second coming. The notion of ongoing conciliation, the call for righteousness, justice, peace and solidarity all get lost in the hubbub and fascination of the commercial activities leading up to Christmas (Jer.23:5-8). Even the righteous example of Joseph is sidetracked. It gets lost in the debris of the Christmas glamour.

We dish out of gifts for the season. A few days later, the rat race culture picks up again. The exploitation continues; the human condition of the poor, the blind, the lame and the oppressed endures as if the Holy Spirit has never touched us (Is.61:1-2; Lk.4:18). Why? Because the din and glamour of the commercialized Christmas distort and obliterate the Advent narratives. Advent was designed to change our spiritual and social consciousness, to possess the Holy Spirit, to renew the face of the earth in the same way that Mary and Joseph cooperated with God and brought forth the author of righteousness, justice, and peace into the world (Matt.1:18-24).

The Advent season and the Christmas seasons, both play an integral role in the formation of our Christian identity, consciousness, and spirituality. The ultimate objective of Advent and Christmas is the rehabilitation of the divine integrity of everyone made in the image and likeness of God. In other words, God is coming to save us and transubstantiate us to share in his divinity. Remember! God will not rest until our integrity shines like the sun (Is.62:1). Hence, the reason for his first and second coming of Christ – so righteous, justice, peace and a strong moral consciousness will grow among us – not the type of over-indulgence we practice at Christmas. It contradicts the notion of the kingdom (Rom.14:17).

Bending our knees before the Lord, proclaiming the victories of the Lord as Isaiah proclaims are symbolic of our total conformity to the will of God. Meaning, we acknowledge God’s wrath against sin, his victory over sin, and the freedom he has granted us through his mercy and love. Thus, we are duty-bound to go forth and do the same all our life long.

There is nothing wrong celebrating the birth of Christ on a grand scale – but we must celebrate as a people who understand the tremendous victory Christ won for us; we must imitate Christ Jesus doing the same for others because we live, move, and have our being in him. We have the mind of Christ. Let us not get carried away by the commotion and the charm of materialism.

O God, keep transforming me by the power of your selfless love and teach me to become a sacrament of salvation for others my whole life through.

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