Turning to Wonder (Christmas)

I remember when my first born was attending a cooperative day care in Toronto. In my focus on punctuality, everyday I found myself hurrying him along when he wanted to stop and wonder at every bug along the sidewalk. What happened to me that I no longer saw the amazing beauty and complexity of the world around me! What would the world be like if we were to wonder more, and judge less? Consider how wonder can open to me the mysteries of Christmas:

I wonder … why do people celebrate the birth of a baby who was born 2000 years ago?

I wonder … who could see a poor family and helpless baby as the hope to bring freedom from the Roman oppressors? And who would look for salvation for the Jews from a woman whose pregnancy was a bit scandalous?

I wonder … why did only the shepherds see the night sky of angels when Jesus was born? And who, besides the Wisemen from the East, saw the star? I wonder, what gave them the courage to look like fools, following a star half-way across Asia?

Jesus said that you must become as a little child to enter the realm of God. God is revealed to those who are small and see the world with wonder, and to those who see themselves as small in the world’s eyes, like the shepherds, and to Holy fools, like the Wisemen. God is seen everywhere when I risk seeing life with eyes of wonder, rather than certainty born of fear of the unknown.

Philosophia

Fear leads us to look for power to solve our problems: powerful political figures, wealthy individuals and companies, charismatic religious leaders. Christmas reveals to us the truth that real change in the world comes almost invisibly, where we would not think to look, in a baby, in a barn, and surprisingly, even in you and in me.

Christmas is about the radical belief of Christians in “Emmanuel”, God with us … not just in Spirit, but in the flesh; not just in Jesus the Christ, but in all of us and in the “flesh” of creation.