Friday, December 21, 2007

The Blessedness of Christmas

I was recently peering at an image of Santa Claus in his sled, flying across the sky as his eight reindeer took him around the world, helping him to spread his wonderful blessings. For some reason, I thought of a spiritual meaning for all that.

First off, everyone knows that Santa Clause is named after St. Nick (a wonderful Catholic saint!); so the first thing we should think of is sanctity. But how do we receive sanctity? Well, one important way to go about santity is through the beatitudes. Live the beatitudes and sanctity will come to you - rather like the eight reindeer bringing you St. Nick! But what sort of blessings will we recieve; are they always expensive gifts and do they always come in fancy boxes? The key is the Greek word eudaimonia ("blessedness") which means a lasting state ("ia") of spiritual ("daimon") goodness ("eu"). Guess what? Jesus used eudaimonia when he gave us the beatitudes!

Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are the meek: for they shall posses the land.
Blessed are they who mourn: for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after justice:
for they shall have their fill.
Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the clean of heart: for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called
the children of God.
Blessed are they that suffer persecution for justice' sake,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Which beatitude are you in most need of today?

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