But I have another way of seeing Christmas cards (I refer to it in my book "from Holidays to Holy Days." The American poet Walt Whitman wrote this image in his "Song of Myself:"
"I see something of myself each hour of the twenty four, and each moment then, ...I find letters from God dropt in the street,and every one is signed by God's name."
But there's much more to this idea of God's Christmas cards. In the second reading at Sunday mass tomorrow, Paul is instructing the community of Christians at Philippi how they need to act in order to build a bond of oneness in Christ. Among his words of advice is this verse: "let your kindness be known to all (Phil. 4:5)". The word translated as "kindness" is actually an adjective that means "gentle, gracious, forbearing."
Paul, it seems to me, is saying that God needs me to be a letter from God to all sorts of people each
In other words, I have to pass on the very same messages that the Lord has "dropt at my feet."