A Note to Santa
This charming note to Santa must be from some poor blind child who has heard the endearing Christmas carols and the songs of Rudolf the Red Nose Reindeer and a White Christmas. These songs have aroused a deep longing to actually see Christmas in its glorious splendor; to behold reported homes and stores hung with endless strings of colored lights, the invasion of thousands of dazzlingly illuminated decorated Christmas trees in stores and even inside houses.
This note to Santa isn’t from a blind person, and yet it also is since each one of us could have written it! While you and I can see all the external lavish decorations of Christmas, are we able to see Christmas? If you and I could, then all that spellbinding awesome wonder of Christmas we felt as small children we can once again experience.
If we were gifted with a pair of mystical red-framed Christmas eyeglasses we could see the feast of Christmas, the Incarnation of God taking on human flesh in Jesus’ birth, and so much more. We would see God ceasing to be an aloof heavenly dwelling Deity…and now embracing and entering into all that it means to be human, mingling fully in the messiness of human life, and filling all of the world and the cosmos. We would see how out of great love the Divine Mystery has made what we saw once as worldly or secular into the luminously beautiful holy and consecrated. With these Christmas glasses we would see our vocation isn’t to flee or turn our backs on the worldly and secular but rather to behold and respond to the Divine at its depths.
Wearing these glasses, we can see beyond the dirt and grime of poverty, shame or sickness to behold the face of God. And what if you don’t have such Christmas glasses?
Then become addicted, obsessed to performing concrete acts of love, since only a heart in love with humanity and earthy matter can see a God-filled Christmas world.