Our new-found pastime, as we walk around our neighborhood known as the M Streets, is to admire the lawn displays for the festivals of our culture - Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Some are subtle, some comical, some "go big or go home." My favorite in this season may be found in the accompanying photo. It may be found amidst a myriad of Snoopies, oversized Santas, candy-canes, and a few jolly R2D2’s! Therein I find a doctrine of the Church contained. The Wise Men represent we the nations in our diversity on the way to the Christ Child. They look a little non-plussed, but game for the journey nonetheless. Their conveyance, the Church itself, is a rusty and old-fashioned airplane, barely fit for travel, but against all odds, still in the air, for the purpose of carrying that light. In spite of the trip’s risks, they are dressed for a party.
So may we understand ourselves this Nativity-tide, and be grateful for the light we too are given still to bear.