The Christmas rant is over

By W. Christopher Evans

The Christmas rant is over again,

we’ve heard about the one true meaning,

not to be confused with holiday happenings

of home and hearth, of kith and kin.

But what if this is a sad division?

And I say it is. May it cease.

The Word, Wisdom, Sophia, Logos,

Reason, Pattern, Beginning, End,

through Whom all things were made

and are made and by whom you, I, we exist,

Who spoke and speaks into being all creation,

every little bit,

is ever since the first of time been at work

among us along with that Other Hand,

the Holy Spirit.

This Word invites us into lives of connection,

relatedness, fellowship, service, friendship,

though we slink back time and again

to selfishness, cruelty, certainty,

separateness, animosity.

Yes, there will be bickering and shovery

and maybe the family member or friend

who baits everyone with rude comments

racist, classist, rightist, leftist, centrist,

and maybe the one who finally comes out,

or tells of unexpected pregnancy,

or shares of beginning recovery:

Rejoice with them!

But this being-brought-together

in the midst of our imperfections

vulnerabilities, frailties, struggling

is precisely the Word become flesh,

Glad Tidings, Emmanuel, God-With-Us

happening, dwelling, showing

just a little bit, if not yet, the finish

in us.

Those who snarl at Christmas treats

before the time is come,

and who cringe at Christmas songs

too early sung,

who are more worried about a pure Advent

than a loving heart enthroning,

perhaps these too miss the Reason

Whose flesh embraces all that

and them.

Perhaps the One True Meaning

touches everyone, means many,

songs sung too early and reveling

bickering and even rants

point to One working to gather

everything within.

Dr. Christopher Evans recently completed a Ph.D. in Liturgical Studies and Church History at the Graduate Theological Union. He offers occasional musings on the Rule of St. Benedict, liturgical questions, and life as a Benedictine oblate at Contemplative Vernacular

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