PEARELL

The Covington News - - Religion -

Many who cel­e­brate Christ­mas to­day en­joy the fes­tiv­i­ties of the party but care noth­ing about re­ally know­ing the one for whom the party has be­gun.There is no room in our cel­e­bra­tion for any se­ri­ous con­tem­pla­tion. We wish for “peace on earth,” much like we wish on a star, hop­ing that it is pos­si­ble, but be­liev­ing in our hearts that it is re­ally noth­ing but an empty wish.

The very rea­son there is no “peace on earth” to­day is be­cause like the peo­ple of Je­sus’ day, we have pur­pose­fully and will­fully re­jected the Prince of Peace.

On that first Christ­mas, Joseph, Mary and the baby Je­sus were just an­other anony­mous fam­ily — faces in the crowd. With that in mind, I can un­der­stand the inn-keep­ers ac­tions, but what I find in­cred­u­lous is the mul­ti­tude of peo­ple to­day who pre­fer to keep Je­sus anony­mous, who know his claims but refuse to face or ac­knowl­edge those claims.

I use to won­der how the pharisees of old could see and ex­pe­ri­ence what they saw and ex­pe­ri­enced yet still choose to find rea­sons to ex­plain it all away and cru­cify the Son of God.

To­day the won­der is gone as I have ob­served men and women from all walks of life find con­ve­nient rea­sons to re­ject the son come to save us; peo­ple who would rather be­lieve the myths made up in their own minds rather than ac­cept the ev­i­dence of the eye­wit­nesses. No room then I can un­der­stand. No room now I can­not.

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