Daily Meditation for January 7, 2010

by Delores Dufner, OSB

On a cold day in January of 2007, a man stood in the Washington, D.C. metro station playing his violin while people hurried past. Only six of the several thousand persons who went that way stopped to listen for a short time, and about 20 gave some money without slowing their pace. Nobody knew that the musician was Joshua Bell, one of the world’s greatest violinists. Nobody knew that the violin on which he played was worth $3.5 million. Nobody expected to hear a world-class musician playing beautiful music in that unlikely place. The Christmas we have just celebrated invites us to find signs and hints of God’s presence in unexpected and surprising places, in the people and events of daily life, in our experiences of beauty and truth and goodness. Christmas reminds us not only that God once became human, but also that God still lives among us.