Wednesday, November 25, 2020
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Christmas: The New and Unexpected

Christmas is a time of celebrating breakthroughs of the new and unexpected.  Two thousand years ago, the birth of Jesus was such an event. Through his teachings and example, Jesus brought forth a new consciousness, showing us how to live in relationships of peace, love and openness to each other. 
Today, the Christmas story invites us to ponder how God is with us. In the mystery of the Incarnation, we celebrate that divinity has become one with each of us and nothing will ever be the same. This profound mystery enables us to burrow deep into the heart of Earth and find it and all creation shimmering with divinity.  
Christmas is the time to celebrate goodness in all people and all of creation.
What is new and unexpected for us today? Our world is on the threshold of unprecedented change. There is an emerging planetary consciousness that is recognizing our common humanity and oneness with all creation. Around the world, thousands marched for climate change and the Paris Accord has been signed by 200 countries.  As a nation, we are opening our hearts and arms to thousands of newcomers. 
What newness will I allow to be birthed in me this Christmas? The goodness we give birth to will change the world.
Let us not "keep Christmas"; rather let us give it away, unwrapped and by exuberant armfuls. Let us share, dance and live Christmas unpretentiously, merrily and responsibly with overflowing hands, tireless steps and sparkling eyes.
Let us not purchase gifts but share the gifts we have,
Let us not wrap presents but be present and wrap our arms around the ones we love and the world we are learning to share in new and profound ways.
Let us live the spirit of Christmas each and every day!
Sister Mary Mettler


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