12/20/2010: A Christmas Homily  Abbot Owen Purcell, OSB, shares this Christmas homily. Christmas gives us visible and concrete evidence that God loves, cherishes unto birth and death our humanity.

Christmas Homily 2010, courtesy of Abbot Owen Purcell, OSB

When I viewed the DVD of the Alastair Sim version of A Christmas Carole in my room, two events happened. I was moved in the my heart to accept the unreformed Scrooge in the depths of my personal life. I was also able to accept the possibility of the reformed Scrooge. Life is better as a reformed Scrooge.

In fact I believe that to be a Scrooge, the whole Scrooge, is to accept the fact that we are very human beings. Now that is a good thing.   Why? Jesus was a very human being. 

Oh, yes, Jesus was the Son of God and Son of Mary as well.  But he was fully human.  Yes, Jesus was human –  but he was not mean. He did not treat people like Bob Cratchit as did the unreformed Scrooge. People like Tiny Tim were his favorites.  In that He was like the reformed Scrooge. 

Christmas gives us visible and concrete evidence that God loves, cherishes unto birth and death our humanity. Christmas is the wedding of the Divine and the Human. Christmas allows us to be who we really  are.

Christmas confirms the truth that says, that although our humanness gets a bit messy at times, God  found  it fitting to be one of us.  It is OK to be an old Scrooge but much better  to be a reborn and giddy Scrooge. 

          Alistair Sim’s Scrooge ran the gamut of meanness and downright silliness. He was reborn; he was the kid he never had a chance to be.   I shall always remember his giddiness when he asked the little boy to bring the Christmas turkey to him so he could give it to the Crotchits.  Scrooge was carried away with silliness.

            I do hope and pray that this Christmas may move us to be carefree and to enjoy some silly exuberance.  To be able to dance a jig as Scrooge did with his nephew!  

         Do we have worries? Oh. Yes we do. But we are because of Christmas, divinely human. There is nothing wrong with being a Scrooge. In fact there is everything right about it.   

 

 

 

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