Christmas not just a day or a season PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 27 December 2017 15:15

REFLECTION

BY FR. ROY CIMAGALA

THAT’S right. Christmas should not just be regarded as a one-day celebration. It’s not even a seasonal celebration. Christmas should not just be Christmassy. Its spirit  should abide in us always, since it actually sheds the true light that gives meaning and purpose to our entire life and, in fact, to the whole of reality.

And that’s simply because Christmas is about God wantingto be born in us, to be with us, to identify himself with us. And the reason for that is so that we can be reborn in him after whom we have been patterned as the image and likeness of God, and so that we can be with him, identifying ourselves with him. In short, Christmas is about Christ and us sharing the same life.

That is actually who we are and how our life should be. Let’s remember that our creation is still a work in progress. God is still shaping us according to his will and plan for us. He wants us to be his image and likeness, to be children of his.

Christ as the son of God, the second person of the Triune God, is both the pattern of our humanity and the redeemer of our damaged humanity. We are supposed to be “alter Christus,” another Christ, if not “ipse Christus,” Christ himself, as one saint put it.

We need to engage ourselves with Christ who continues to be very much alive and in love with us. We have to seek him so we can find him and finally love him, as we should. He is not a figment of our imagination or a character of a dream. He is no fiction. He is the most real being