12 Christmas – the Sacrament of Peace

posted Dec 11, 2018, 8:28 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Dec 11, 2018, 8:28 AM ]
Christopher Mendonca

The celebration of Christmas is, first and foremost, a celebration of God’s presence among us.

It is meant to herald the advent of inner peace and stillness.

Though we celebrate this event by the singing of Silent Night

and traditional carols that speak of peace, stillness and tranquillity,

our present world is notably defined by signs to the contrary.

Christmas often becomes an annual ritual,

a kind of comic relief, giving us the much needed break we need.

Even as we put on a happy face, we often feel empty.

We just want to put behind us, to blot out from memory

the unpleasantness, the hurt, the anger,

and get on with life, hoping that things will change eventually.

In our anxiety, we are often reduced to silence,

but a silence that is burdensome.

It is a silence that is enforced by circumstances,

a silence born out of despair, out of a sense of powerlessness,

our inability to change the situation.

It is also the silence of the eccentric, the naïve, the gullible,

the exploited, the downtrodden, and those of us who live at the margins.

Nevertheless, this caricature of true silence enables us to get on with life,

allowing us to keep our daily routines,

while our energies are steadily depleted by underlying fear.

It is often mistaken for resilience.