As Advent draws to a close today and we look toward the twelve days of Christmas, I want to reflect briefly on some of what I’ve learned over the past few weeks.
I’ve said that the biblical idea of righteousness isn’t so much about moral performance for God as it is mutual participation with God.
Becoming “holy,” then has nothing to do with gritting our teeth and squeezing out some good deeds. No, holiness has to do with increasingly merging our life with the “flow” of God’s life.
Sometimes we want to be like other people, even if those people are miserable. The allure of being part of the crowd inebriates us against our better judgment. Most of the time we hate standing out.
During a very important conversation Jesus is having with his disciples only a few hours before he is crucified, he drops this bomb:
“Apart from me you can do nothing.”
Yesterday my daughter asked me why the song talked about the “Twelve Days of Christmas.” Like most people, she thought Christmas was just one day.