Re-blogged from the beginning of Advent last year. An interesting (hopefully) comparison between Eliot’s ‘Journey of the Magi’ and Pope Benedict’s writing on the Nativity of Our Lord.
As we are now officially in the season of Advent, and can turn our minds towards the birth of Christ, I thought it might be a good time to consider what Christmas means. Part of the problem of trying to ascertain what Christmas means in its essence, is that there are so many overlapping themes that surround it. Putting to one side the secular themes of merriness, goodwill and (of course) rampant commercialism, the traditional and theological meaning of the birth of Christ is often not easy to categorise in a straightforward fashion either.
Amidst the instantly recognisable motifs built around and stemming from the Incarnation, such as joy, hope, salvation, kingship, peace, and of course the Parousia (the Latin translation of which is Adventus), there is also another theme that is, if not forgotten, then often overlooked. T. S. Eliot draws attention to this particular aspect of Christmas…
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