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Taking Christmas Seriously – LewRockwell LewRockwell.com

Posted by M. C. on December 16, 2021

God does work in mysterious ways and often through strange people. Taking Christmas seriously is the lesson of “A Christmas Carol.” Through Scrooge we see that it is never too late to love God and to show that love through our hearts by loving others.

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2021/12/andrew-p-napolitano/taking-christmas-seriously/

By Andrew P. Napolitano

We all know that God works in mysterious ways.

Last weekend, two friends and I were deeply moved when we saw a theatrical production of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” This is the famous and popular tale of the transformation and redemption of Ebenezer Scrooge from a rasping, grasping old miser into a lovable, generous old man who, late in life, becomes determined to make amends for all his extreme selfishness and his public denunciations of charity.

After a tossing and turning in bed Christmas Eve night, during which he has dreams showing self-imposed loneliness in his youth, showing present suffering he could easily alleviate and showing future rejoicing and mockery at his death, he awakes on Christmas morning a new man.

He immediately parts with some of his wealth to the very people and institutions he formerly rejected; he makes amends with relatives he had ignored; and his heart swells with joy — a joy he had never known.

It was a joy his riches had never brought him.

In the production we saw, Scrooge gave numerous soliloquies in which he bared his soul, at first condemning the poor for being useless (“are there no prisons, are there no workhouses?”) and then embracing them.

This is, of course, fiction; yet it is based on the teachings of Jesus Christ that one can — with a firm purpose of amendment — turn to God and love Him at any time in one’s life, no matter one’s past.

In one of his final soliloquies, Scrooge questions whether he has the bravery to become a new man. Of course, he does. And the remainder of his life is changed for the good.

I have read “A Christmas Carol” a half-dozen times, and I have seen many theatrical and motion picture renditions of it. The last two times I saw this production I was moved deeply by the bravery comment. As Scrooge approaches the end of his old life with fear and trembling, he embraces his new life with generosity and joy. However, it is not easy, and he must summon much bravery.

While watching this theatrical transformation, it occurred to me that Our Lord and Savior demonstrated extraordinary bravery when he took on human form. Taking Christmas seriously means believing that Jesus was conceived in the womb of the Blessed Virgin Mary by an act of the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Blessed Trinity.

Because Jesus is both the second person of the Blessed Trinity and was born of a woman, he is true God and true man. His nature — the hypostatic union of God and human flesh — is not only unique in all existence and in all time; it is inseparable.

Thus, through the miracle of transubstantiation, which Christ performs at every Mass through the instrumentality of a Catholic priest, He is physically present. Taking Christmas seriously means that the Holy Eucharist is not a representation of Jesus Christ; it IS Jesus Christ. It is His body, blood, soul and divinity.

All of this came about because God the Father — the first person of the Blessed Trinity — chose a young Jewish girl in Palestine to be the mother of His son 2,000 years ago, and the girl — the Blessed Virgin Mary — said yes.

Dickens does not get into the theology of Christ’s birth, but he emphasizes the value of charity to human happiness and eternal salvation.

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One Response to “Taking Christmas Seriously – LewRockwell LewRockwell.com”

  1. chapter18 said

    On this Christmas season, a peep into the message of Jesus, https://chapter18.wordpress.com/2020/12/20/silent-night/

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