As the Christmas lights come down, and the decorations are put away, its difficult not to feel sad, wishing the joy of Christmas (and even the time off from work and school) could last longer. Its the same feeling that one gets when leaving vacation, or a retreat. Going back to the “real world” seems so disheartening.
Its the same feeling the apostles felt when witnessing the Transfiguration of Jesus on the mountain. Peter exclaims “Let us build three tents, one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah!” In other words, “Lets just stay here forever!” They didn’t want to leave the mountain — they didn’t want to let go of their brief glimpse of heaven.
As Fr. Josh Johnson reminds us in today’s video, if we only focused on Christmas, we would miss everything that followed in Jesus’ life and ministry. We would miss the miracles. We would miss the witness stories. We would miss His lessons, His mercy, His compassion, and most importantly, His death and resurrection.
Christmas is beautiful, yes, and we can wish to stay on the mountain forever, like the apostles, but God has so much more for us. We would miss out on all the beautiful things God has in store for us.
Watch the Video below:
4 Ways To Take This Offline:
- Share the good things you experienced this holiday season with friends or coworkers. Let the memories serve as a reminder of how God blessed you this Christmas.
- Ask God how to minister to the people around you.
- Pick up a new habitual devotion, such as going to Adoration, or saying the rosary.
- Don’t neglect your family just because the holidays are over. Make it a priority to talk to them and strengthen those relationships.