Christmas has arrived once again. Tell me how this feast is in Budapest. Much different from here?
This is your first Christmas away from your family. Distance and homesickness are almost synonyms. Every homesickness is the sadness for not having the wanted goodness. Ultimately, it is homesickness of God, of the Supreme Good, of the lost paradise. Whatever the man does trying to deceive himself, he does not forget the paradise that he lost. “You have made us for Yourself, Oh Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in You.”
To many people, this feast, at the end of the year, is time of solitude and sadness because it is the time of year in which they think more about the lost paradise. The memory of our final destiny shocks against all the everyday rush we live in believing this world is eternal, trying to pretend that death does not exist. But the memory comes brutal as we see the nativity scene and we remember the God comes to earth to redeem us from ours sins.
The man sinned in Paradise. And with sin, death, illness and evil entered the world. Sin is the only evil in the world.
It is very easy and comforting to say “man’s sin”, “the human being is evil”, “the mankind’s vices”. That how human beings act, we are willing to put the blame on someone else. “It was not my fault. The woman whom you put here with me – she gave me fruit from the tree, so I ate it” said Adam putting the blame on Eve. Eve put the blame in the snake: “The serpent tricked me into it, so I ate it.”
It would be more honest each one of us recognize the weakness of ourselves and say “my sin”.
My sin, one more scourge in the body of Christ… my sin, one more burden on the cross of Christ… my sin, one more hammered in the nails of Christ… my sin, one more scorn on the crucified Christ… my sin, the only evil in the world…
In the humble nativity scene, God Child comes again to invite us to get free from sin through prayer and repentance. He comes to call us to the Father’s house. It is time of peace and joy. It is time to say “yes!” to God.
Christmas has arrived once again.