The presents have been opened. The cards have all been sent and filed. We laughed, we hugged, we ate roast beast. For many of us, the decorations have already come down. (Of course in the Grayson household, they stay up until mid-May).
One of the nice spiritual blessings of Christmas is the atmosphere of faith and charity that accompanies it. Yes, there are a lot of issues with commercialism, Charlie Brown. But regardless, our airwaves are carrying songs about a little town called Bethlehem and we anticipate that Silent Night. I’m sure many of us are annoyed at how some of our brothers and sisters in the Church crowd into the services only at Christmas and Easter. And while they should be there every Sunday, at least Christmas draws them to the Table of the Lord.
But the Christmas season is over and we have returned to Ordinary Time. And for many of us we have already settled into our ordinary routines. And we wait for Christmas to come again and sprinkle its magic over our lives.
This should not be the case.
We should look to the Magi from the Gospel of Matthew. Like us, they experienced a great build-up to Christmas. And like us, there was a lot of traveling that culminating in giving of gifts. But what made their experience special, and what should make our experience special, is that they had a life-changing encounter with Christ.