WE’RE CALLED TO BE DISCERNING
AND ALSO TO BE CHARITABLE
Salvation Army bell ringers in front of Kroger remind me that Yuletide highlights the spirit of generosity. As I observed in my post of December 5, gift giving, the signature element of Christmas…
“was inspired by God’s gift to us of his human incarnation, the Christ Child, as well as by the gifts brought to the stable in Bethlehem by the Wise Men.”
In our society we’ve gone a little nuts with gift giving, as evidenced by the madness of “Black Friday” — which now begins on Thanksgiving and runs through the entire weekend, culminating in a flood of online “cyber” sales Monday night. And that’s only the start of our annual shopping binge.
With Christmas having become such a complete religious/commercial mash-up, one can readily picture Mary and Joseph checking for sales at the Bethlehem Walmart before settling down in that cave behind the inn.