Most of us remember growing up joyfully anticipating Christmas. Some of us, including yours truly, had trouble sleeping Christmas Eve. Presents, lights and the story of Jesus’ birth is in itself a wonder. We looked forward for weeks and weeks and the older one gets the less we find ourselves looking forward to it with joy. It may be time to confess that we have become grown-ups. Grown-ups, yuck!
Grown-ups are cynical and sophisticated. Grown-ups are men and women without a sparkle in their eyes. Grown-ups miss Christmas because of passivity, apathy, inertia, inactivity, too much activity, spiritlessness, numbness, indifference and listlessness.
There is never passivity in children. And, there is never passivity in Jesus’ love for each of us! Christmas is the celebration that God is not passive, apathetic or indifferent. God moves in initiation toward each of us.
You see at just the right time, when were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Romans 5:6.
As we read about Jesus in the gospels, there is no passivity in the demonstration of his love, mercy and compassion toward those around him. God’s love is selfless, initiatory and bold. The fast for Nativity closes this week.. the word that keeps coming back is Emmanuel, “God is with us.” Be like Children – embrace Jesus without hesitation, without fear and without unbelief. I heard this week about two children from my mission taking some of their toys and giving them to the baby Jesus in the crèche under their grandparent’s Christmas tree. Children are completely without passivity without unbelief. Be like children and run to Christ who has come to us to save us.
And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. “Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened around his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea. Matthew 18:2-6