The way i see it

Wicklow People - - OPINION - Fr Michael Com­mane

gob­s­macked by crazy ideas you have heard from peo­ple? And so of­ten the more the per­son is so con­vinced in her/his opin­ion or be­lief, the zanier is the idea.

Most of us have been se­duced into be­liev­ing that in or­der to en­joy Christ­mas we have to buy X, Y and Z. We also have to go places and do things be­cause if we don’t we might be miss­ing out on some­thing. The pres­sure keeps mount­ing.It’s as mad as that. But it proves an amaz­ingly win­ning for­mula for peo­ple who are try­ing to di­vest us of our hard-earned money.

So now you might be say­ing that I re­mind you of Dick­ens’s Christ­mas Scrooge.Not at all. Christ­mas is a great time of year to re­mind our­selves of the ex­traor­di­nary be­lief in the in­car­na­tion, God be­com­ing hu­man. The be­lief that points to a res­ur­rec­tion, an af­ter-life, that has al­ready ten­u­ously be­gun, is in process and reaches a per­fec­tion be­yond our un­der­stand­ing in com­mu­nion with God.

Surely Ad­vent is a far finer lead up to Christ­mas than the hys­te­ria of Black Fri­day or Cy­ber Mon­day, all that fre­netic shop­ping and driv­ing into in­tol­er­a­ble traf­fic jams.

Peace be with you this Christ­mas sea­son.

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