A Manger Blessing

thWell, here they all are together and where are we?

The darkest nights of the year are slowing brightened by this new small child; not a committee or council, not a book or government intervention.  A small child provides the hope of something bigger than ourselves.

Well, here they all are together and where are we?

Silent Joseph, Anxious Mary, Transporting Donkey, Tired Shepherds and Roaming Angels.  It’s called family because of the one connection – this small child.  Marriott was full up, not enough points for the Sheraton and Tom Bodet didn’t “leave the light on” for them.  The humblest of beginnings brought about the greatest of events.

Well, here they all are together and where are we?

Are our hearts as open as theirs were, are our minds filled with wonder and mystery as theirs were, are we ready to face whatever lies ahead as they were?  Or are our opinions so closed to new information, minds vacuum-sealed because it’s easier that way, is our focus only on ourselves in our own small, isolated world?

God destined this to be this way to show us all, each year, how it can be this way for us all.  From humility to greatness, from poverty to a wealth of peace and happiness, from a dingy manger to a bed of contentment.

Silent Joseph, Anxious Mary, Transporting Donkey, Tired Shepherds and Roaming Angels illustrate for us yearly that divisions only lead to discord, separation only lead to misconceptions, arguments only conclude with selfish boundaries.  But it always makes for great television, so let’s keep it going.  Or not?

It is good they are here to bring us together, praying together, playing together, joy and sorrowing together.

Well, here they all are for us again.  Together.  Where are we?  May God bless what we could and believe who we want to be.

books by Fr. Joe Jagodensky, SDS, available in paperback or Kindle at Amazon:
“Soulful Musings”
“Living Life’s Mysteries”
“Spiritual Wonderings and Wanderings”
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About Rev. Joe Jagodensky, SDS.

A Roman Catholic priest since 1980 and a member of the Society of the Divine Savior (Salvatorians). www.Salvatorians.com. He is associate pastor of partnering parishes, Christ King and St. Bernard parishes in Wauwatosa, WI.
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