There were times when I tried to meditate that my mind started to wonder. As much as I tried to keep focused my mind, my imagination took flight. I thought about things I had to do but hadn’t done yet. I daydreamed about vacations. I thought about books and movies; current and old movies.

Remember in the Wizard of Oz when Dorothy and her friends back away from the scary wizard and notice the guy at the side? “Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain!” yells the wizard who wants to instill fear and keep people at a distance. The last thing he wanted was to be seen as human.

There is a similar scene in the old testament when God visits his people at Mount Horeb in fire and thunder, and the people back away in fear and exclaim that they would much rather listen to Moses. Moses is not scary; he is human like them. God doesn’t blame his people for this request but compliments them. This is well said and promises Jesus.

Unlike the fake wizard who wants to remain at a distance, the true God wants to come as close to us as possible. God does not want us to back away, but to approach him with affection and wonder, like the humble shepherds and the curious wise men.

Why do we pay so much attention to the baby in the manger? Because, paradoxically, the best way for God to reveal to us the Infinite Love, which is his divinity, is through Jesus’ humanity. This is the eternal mystery of Christmas.

Come let us adore him.

Have a blessed Christmas and only the best of New Years.

Fr. Andrew, T.O.R.