A Christmas Blessing
"From the very first day, we were there, taking it all in—we heard it with our own ears, saw it with our own eyes, verified it with our own hands. The Word of Life appeared right before our eyes; we saw it happen! And now we’re telling you in most sober prose that what we witnessed was, incredibly, this: The infinite Life of God himself took shape before us.
We saw it, we heard it, and now we’re telling you so you can experience it along with us, this experience of communion with the Father and his Son, Jesus Christ. Our motive for writing is simply this: We want you to enjoy this, too. Your joy will double our joy!
This, in essence, is the message we heard from Christ and are passing on to you: God is light, pure light; there’s not a trace of darkness in him.
If we claim that we experience a shared life with him and continue to stumble around in the dark, we’re obviously lying through our teeth—we’re not living what we claim. But if we walk in the light, God himself being the light, we also experience a shared life with one another, as the sacrificed blood of Jesus, God’s Son, purges all our sin." (1 John 1: 1-7, The Message)
God is light, God is love, and God is life. God perpetually invites us to a divine way of being to flourish through a sacred practice of doing. How do we live in the light of Christ continually? By daily allowing our blessings to pass through to one another. I love the way David G.R. Keller shares the original comprehension of the word “blessing” in Hebrew. “This understanding of blessing is far different from the modern sense that a blessing is ‘approval’ or ‘protection.’ It is rather, an investment with sacred power for the life of the world.” My blessings are not just for me. We live in the light of Christ through investing in our blessings to share with others. When I think of investments, I think about investing in myself and my future. In contrast, Christ compels us to invest our blessings in others. Blessing is imparting the love of God through one another. The infinite path of love through the whole being of life (all humanity)!
During these pandemic times, may the love of Christ bring you so much overflowing ineffable joy that all you can do is share the light of Christ with one another. We are light-bearers even in this clear and present darkness. Remember, the Sacred Creator who created all things is in all things. God is with us and will always be with us! As mutual light-bearers, we have the privilege of sharing this hope with the world. It has been our pleasure to share the light from the brothers of St. Benedict’s Monastery with you this year, and we look forward to sharing more with you in 2021!
Christmas Blessings to one and all,