We all know that the Season of Advent is not an easy one for Christians to observe.
I’ve moaned about it often enough I know!. But we all often join in. We all complain that Christmas trees are up and decorations in the shops far too early. But we all fall foul of it. it is not just Advent that gets lost though. The Church has a whole Christmastide Season that so easily completely disappears.
At the end of the November we begin the Season of Advent.
The Posada is an old Mexican tradition where young people dressed as Mary and Joseph travelled from house to house asking for a room for the night and telling people about the imminent arrival of Jesus in the weeks leading up to Christmas. On Christmas Eve they would visit the local church to re-enact the nativity and place figures of Mary and Joseph in a crib.
“Christmas! The tree! The presents! The cards! The food and drink! The parties! A time for family and friends to get together to celebrate“.
It’s what it’s all about isn’t it? That’s absolutely right because at the centre of Christmas is a family – not the perfect family in the television adverts, doing Christmas in style and having a good time without a care in the world but a family two thousand years ago. A family out of which came the reason...
I am writing this on 'Black Friday' The most consumerist invention ever I think. I have just read the following from Fr Andrew Teather (I hope he won't mind its reproduction here)
Thought for Black Friday.
The great prostitute in Revelation (in the readings this time of year) is consumerism. Tempting us to love the image of ourselves that the devil projects to our tired mortality that we become so concerned about status and position and self worth that we lit...