“You better watch out

You better not cry

Better not pout


I’m telling you why

Santa Claus is coming to town.

He’s making a list

and checking it twice

Gonna find out who’s naughty and nice.

Santa Claus is coming to town.

He sees you when you’re sleeping

He knows when you’re awake

He knows if you’ve been bad or good

So be good for goodness sake!

O! you better watch out!

You better not cry

Better now pout

I’m telling you why

Santa Claus is coming to town

Santa Claus is coming to town.”

Did you ever notice that over the centuries, we have tended to infantilize Christmas and the Divine Spirit? God knows everything – God sees everything and God will punish you if you are naughty and reward you if you are a good little boy or girl!  God is out there somewhere, in the heavens and watching, waiting to see you do something wrong. If you are a bad little girl or boy, you might be sent to hell or maybe just to purgatory, but if you are good you get the gift of heaven where it is just one great big party.

Advent is that time of year when we go crazy buying presents, sending cards, and spending more and more on gifts that will disappear to the junk pile within a very short time. We forget so often that it is the gift of love that binds us together and feeds us with life. We are all pregnant with life and love. The Divine Presence is alive within each of us and within all of creation coming to be. Stuff disappears, but memories and stories continue to remind us of the love that we have received over countless lifetimes. Some times, it is good to stop our rushing around and take some time to count our blessings. Who have we encountered on our journey that have fed us, healed us, and nourished our souls when we felt alone and wounded. Who have we encountered on our journey who allowed us to feed, heal and nourish – to be Eucharist for each other?

What are we looking for? What are we waiting for? ho are we looking for? Love is a gift – it cannot be bought or earned; it cannot be diminished but it can be forgotten when we get too busy about other things. We are called to be gift – the gift that we receive – the diving presence coming alive each and every second of each and every day. Jesus reminds us to open our eyes and our ears – to pay attention – to be conscious of who we are and of that divine spirit that resides in all of creation; in you, and in everyone you encounter on your Way.

That Divine presence (Holy Spirit of Creation) is the true miracle that lives within every blade of grass, of every grain of sand, of every child and every adult. Santa Claus serves a purpose for small children – but we adults are called to let go of childish things and to understand our vocation; our call to proclaim the wonders of God always.  Peace.

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