The day of Epiphany is twelve days after Christmas at the end of the season known as Christmastide.
The Christian feast day celebrates that celebrates the revelation of God the Son as a human being in Jesus Christ (Wikipedia). This revelation of God’s humanity is one of the greatest triumphs of Christianity.
Normally, when a people or a culture idolize a person, that person is usually depicted as strong and indestructable, powerful. We picture conquerors, commanders, and conquistadors (hey, I was going with the alliteration thing). We elevate our heroes. We put them on pedestals. Even the term idolize conveys a sense of worship.
Our hero, our leader, went from divinity to humanity, from everything to nothing, from the highest to the lowest. Jesus became human, so humans could become like Him.
So, if our highest goal is to become more like Jesus, if our endgame is to be like Him, if He is the perfection to which we are traveling towards, then we must first acknowledge our own humanity. But through that humanity recognize the spark of divine that is in each one of us.
Thank you, Lord, for the day of Epiphany! Thank you for your humanity! Thank you for you divinity! Thank you, Emmanuel, for being with us!
After having lunch today with my friend, Garrett Andrew, and listening to him share his sermon from the past Sunday, I could not get the thought of “Reclaiming Santa Claus” out of my head. I have included a link to Garrett’s sermon at the bottom of this post.
One of the thrusts of Garrett’s sermon was that we need to “reclaim” the idea of the true nature of Saint Nicholas and what he stood for and why he was a saint in the first place. Saint Nicholas, known commonly as Santa Claus, is the patron saint of children. The story of Saint Nicholas includes many miracles and the most important ones include service to children and families.
Our idea of Santa Claus does emanate from this saint but we have lost the true sense of what made the life and story of Saint Nicholas so special.
The thought and understanding of giving a gift without receiving one is the true definition of Santa Claus. Looking out for the less fortunate and downtrodden, not for our benefit, but because we are called to it is the true definition of Santa Claus. Making the welfare of others more important than how we see ourselves is the true definition of Santa Claus.
This Christmas in my own struggles with how I understand Christmas there needs to be a chance to “reclaim Santa Claus” in my own life!
Soli Deo Gloria!
The link to Garrett’s sermon: