I assembled our little crib the other evening, using the same figures we have used for the past few years, but - in a time of social distancing - placing them as close to each other as possible. And beside and above them, a few new additions.
Hearts not Christmassy??!! What is Christmas about if not Jesus, Love Incarnate, that greatest Heart of all, coming to dwell among us, in all our messiness? And what is the Incarnation about if not God becoming flesh because he loves us, and wants us to be transformed into his self-giving, generous love? And so a heart, an exceedingly Christmassy heart, universal symbol of love, was added to the tree!
Yes, our crib is in many ways a new tableau, but I like the fact that the figures haven't changed from last year and the year before. Whatever else may have changed about this Christmas, Jesus, Love, Of the Father's Heart begotten, remains unchanged... just as he remains with us. In a year filled with uncertainties, change and many cancelled plans and broken promises, Christ at least remains steadfastly present, love and kindness are never cancelled, and God, we know, always, faithfully, keeps his covenant-promise.
Happy Christmas everyone!