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Law, culture, and Catholicism...up in smoke!

Sunday, December 24, 2006

Merry Christmas!

The fascination of children lies in this: that with each of them all things are remade, and the universe is put again upon its trial. As we walk the streets and see below us those delightful bulbous heads, three times too big for the body...we ought always primarily to remember that within every one of those heads there is a new universe, as new as it was on the seventh day of creation. In each of those orbs there is a new system of stars, new grass, new cities a new sea.
--G.K. Chesterton, The Defendant

Oftentimes the cynic will comment that "Christmas is for children." The sense in which he means this, unfortunately, is that once one is an adult he outgrows his need for Christmas. The cynic inhabits a very small universe indeed. On the other hand, I will take the comment at face value and assert that it is true: Christmas is for children! But it is for children in the sense that Our Lord constantly refers to children. "Unless you be converted and become like little children, you will not inherit the kingdom of God." (Mt. 18:3)

Children are incredibly trusting, loving and innocent! They look at the world as something wonderful and joy-filled. How many times have we experienced a small child, barely able to keep upright, run toward us with both arms open wanting a hug or to be picked up? This is how Our Lord wants us to be with Him. He desires our wide-eyed innocence, our trust, our joy at what He has made. The joy of Christmas is the joy of a child! How impoverished we are if we are not children at Christmastime!

Perhaps another reason that God became a little child was so that He could see His creation again as it was on the seventh day of creation: "a new system of stars, new grass, new cities, a new sea." Perhaps he became a child so that He could run to us and that we might tenderly pick Him up.