Tuesday, December 29, 2009

The Octave of Christmas

Today is the fifth day in the Octave of Christmas (our 8-day celebration of the Incarnation) and the memorial of Thomas Becket, a 12th century bishop and martyr. Becket defended the freedoms of the Church and refused to compromise despite intense pressure from King Henry II. This led to his assassination in 1170.

We each experience pressures to compromise our principles and conform to norms and expectations that lie outside our faith beliefs. Jesus Christ calls us to stay true to what we believe and not to cave when we experience opposition.

Our celebration of Christmas goes much deeper than the child in a manger. We celebrate God's radical entry into human history that brings hope to all. The Incarnation brought a light into the world that will never be extinguished, and we are now the bearers of that light.

Do not be afraid. Christ, our light, walks with us every step of the way.


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