A Holiday Jubilation

It’s hard to see clearly. To see how things really are. That everything is interdependent and interconnected. That we are all part of one mind and consciousness. That we are easily confused. That we all suffer from the same confusion. That we often feel helpless because of that confusion.

We’re so busy trying to be something that we forget how to just be. “He makes me to lie down in green pastures” (Psalm 23:2) points toward our real purpose. To be here now. To enjoy. To rest. To take in the grandeur and beauty of the paradise that surrounds us.

We try too hard. We work too hard. It seems like some part of us is always grasping. Trying to accomplish, acquire, prove, or otherwise solve some deep riddle. Yet, some things are better left to mystery.

The spiritual buzz words of the day are accept and let go. They encourage us to surrender to the deeper mystery that holds us. We can start by realizing we’re okay. We are complete just the way we are. This is the insight struggling to reveal itself. We were made in goodness. We are contained in goodness. Enough said. All that’s left is to trust and trust deeply.

That’s what it means to have faith in Christ. To trust the greater source of truth and goodness that abides within. Call it Christ. Call it Buddha Nature. Call it the Atman. It doesn’t matter. Just call on it from the depths of your soul. Experience the jubilation.

Our humble task is to discover the great perfection that dwells within - both in ourselves and others. The joy. The kindness. The compassion. The light that’s always already there. We just have to see it.

As we celebrate this holiday season, let us remember to celebrate the deeper truth it symbolizes. As Paul put it so succinctly, “The hope of glory is Christ in you” (Colossians 1:27).

Therefore, let this mystery, hidden from the ages, take birth in you today. Allow the Christ light to serve as your guiding principle in all matters. Show more kindness. Be more patient. Accept the other as yourself toying with the same struggles and experiencing the same joys.

We are all one in a literal sense. Our birth is the rebirth of a nation. A new hope born tomorrow out of a great happiness and triumph realized today. This is our jubilation. Peace on earth. Good will toward all. That’s what awaits us. So be it. Amen.