Post 52/2021 Thursday 23 December . . . I’m looking back to spring forward, offering a pictorial glimpse of our journey through 2021 as we get ready to push or be pushed into the new year. A year that was ponderous. A year beset by the pandemic. A year portentous for the future. A year, nevertheless, filled with goodness and promise.
(Featured image: Reading has been a pleasure again throughout the year, as has the miniseries on Acorn TV of All Creatures Great and Small.)
The global quandary, posed by a virus and variants invisible to the naked eye, has been in our thoughts, prayers and actions.
I thank God for the biblical themes that guided us through the Christian observance of Advent, a time of prayers, penance and sacrifice in preparation for the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. The first candle of the Advent wreath symbolized hope, the second candle symbolized faith, the third candle symbolized joy, the fourth candle symbolized peace. Each came to pass 2000 years ago, even as we await their greater realization.
I’m impressed and grateful for the reflections of Pope Francis in his Christmas speech on Thursday to Vatican cardinals, bishops and bureaucrats. The Associated Press (Dec. 23) titled its news story, “Pope demands humility in new zinger-filled Christmas speech.” He called on the clerics to seek out the neediest with humility.
From AP: “‘The humble are those who are concerned not simply with the past but also with the future, since they know how to look ahead, to spread their branches, remembering the past with gratitude,’ Francis told them. ‘The proud, on the other hand, simply repeat, grow rigid and enclose themselves in that repetition, feeling certain about what they know and fearful of anything new because they cannot control it.'”
The news story further quoted Francis: “All of us are called to humility, because all of us are called to remember and to give life.” Amen.
May humility guide our steps anew. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!