By George Kimando
It has been an argument that comes around this time of the year, and this year is no different. I have seen, and been tagged to, the conversation severally over the last couple of weeks: the veracity of December 25th as the day Jesus was born.
But beyond the semantics and scholarly muscle to sound intelligent in matters history, does it really matter? What difference would it make whether He was born on this particular day or, say, on February 29th?
Too many people focus on non issues and end up losing the purpose itself.
It reminds me of a very profound homily i listened to a while ago on ‘idle (NOT idol) worship’. Idle worship happens when in Mass (or a service), your minds starts dissecting the factors surrounding the delivery of the sermon instead of focusing on the message.
Look at how he is dressed. That hairstyle is weird. Gosh, did he just say ‘Rod’ instead of ‘Lord’? He must be from that ethnic group, and the way they have heavy mother tongue influence! How can he talk about corruption like he’s talking against someone i know? Couldn’t he wear closed shoes (it doesn’t matter if he is recuperating from a foot injury)?
And many other observations, including about other congregants.
At the end of the sermon, you have no clue what the Priest or Pastor was talking about. The message is lost.
Same with Christmas.
To the majority, it’s a season of travel, merry making, reckless abandon and somewhat religious ‘madness’. The accidents, deaths, injuries, drunkenness, over indulgence, ‘unwanted’ pregnancies, regrettable STIs and broken hearts all tell a story of ‘Christmas’.
In the midst of all the craze, the beautiful story of redemption and true freedom in Christ, as well as spiritual introspection informing a renewed fellowship with the Father is lost.
It’s this beautiful message of salvation that we must not lose. It’s the call to forgiveness and renewal that must inform the true Christmas spirit. It’s the commitment to love God and neighbour in word and deed that will exemplify us as those to whom Christ has really been born. It’s seeking Him in Truth and Spirit, living it daily, that the essence of Christmas will be meaningful in our lives.
If we truly understood this, it won’t matter whether He was born on December 25th, or even on the 40th day of a fourteenth month we know nothing about.
Have a great and blessed Christmas day and season, without losing the reason for it. Let your Christmas worship not be IDLE.
And remember to share with the less fortunate; it has been a hard year.
That’s another reason for it.