While unwrapping your gifts this Christmas, do you look the giver in the face and smile gratefully? Do you notice the sparkle of delight in the giver’s eyes as the gift was presented? And do you realize that Christmas or gift-giving is a daily phenomenon? It is overwhelming to realize that Jesus is our daily present, our daily gift by His presence within each of us. The “unwrapping” of this rare gift depends on our awareness, our dwelling in the present moment, our mindfulness of that smile, that greeting, that warm hug, the spectacular sunset, the newborn babe. Christ is here, today, NOW. Be grateful and recognize the enormity of this loving gift bestowed upon us.
by Luanne Lenz, OSB