The first recipients of and witnesses to the glory of the Advent were shepherds, men whose reputation as liars and thieves was so ubiquitous that they weren’t allowed to give testimony in court. They lived their whole lives outside— geographically, socially, morally, religiously.
Christmas is not complete without its Scrooges. We have Scrooges both inside and outside of the Church. This is where the apologist in me wants to rail against them, hoping that the Spirit, rather than ghosts, will show up to set them straight.
It is the desire to connect to “the close and holy darkness” to which our lives are drawn, around which our memories orbit, that guides us to the solution of the puzzle of our past.
There are many powerful people in this world with vast fortunes, massive armies, and a supercharged ego, but they pale in comparison to our King.
What are the gifts we could bring Jesus this Christmas? One way we can discover that is to look at Matthew 2:1-12, which tells of the gifts the wise men brought Him on the night when God became flesh and dwelt among us.