Do you remember the Grinch? In Dr. Seuss’ book of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” the Grinch comes to the realization that Nothing can stop Christmas from coming. After he steals all of the presents from the people of Whoville he hears them singing while he is 10,000 feet up on his mountain of garbage:
This year, 2020, the year of the Great COVID pandemic, the year of sheltering in place, being away from extended family for the holidays, financial hardship, and great sadness, maybe this year we may come to the best Christmas of them all. We may come to the realization that Christmas, the Feast of the Nativity that celebrates the birth of the Christ Child comes without ribbons. It means a little bit more. In fact, it means a whole lot more.
In his letter to the churches of Galatia, Paul affirms that the Son of God came to this earth at just the right time in the divine scheme of things. He expresses the thought like this:
But when the fullness of time came; God sent forth his son, born of a woman, under the law. Galatians 4:4
It means that this year, the Year of the Great Pandemic, that Christmas comes without ribbons as the Christ who came that first Christmas and as he comes even now…