Dear Light Group,

With Christmas just a few days away, this is an appropriate time to remind ourselves of the true Christ.  

We could start with what the Christ is not.  Jesus is not Santa Claus.  Jesus is not someone we go to with our wish list.  We don’t go to him and ask him for a new house or a new pickup truck.  Jesus did not tell us to pray to him but rather to pray to “Our Father, which art in heaven.”  Jesus did say to call him “friend,” and he did say, “Ask and it shall be given you.”  But if we’re going to ask for anything from our friend, it’s best to ask for something spiritual rather than something material.   

Then there’s the image of the Christ.  The most common one is of the Christ as a guy on a cross.  While historically accurate, this also can be limiting.  The Crucifix means many things to many people, and one does not want to detract from the sincere feelings of those who wear or worship the Crucifix.  But there is far more to the Christ than what is represented by the Crucifix.

So if the Christ is not Santa Claus and if the image of the Crucifix is limiting, what is the Christ?  With Jesus we have the example of a Christ who worshipped the Divine with all his “heart, mind, and soul.”  He also was a spectacular example of someone who had surrendered his ego and had let the Divine work through him.  He showed this when he said, “Why callest thou me good?  There is none good but one, that is, God.”  He was also a man with a super abundance of love.  As he effectively starts to tell his disciples goodbye, he says, “This is my commandment: that ye love one another as I have loved you” and “These things I command ye, that ye love one another as I have loved you.”  The Christ also was a man of great joy: “These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.”  His joy came from having a mission, knowing what that mission was (“I come to bring you eternal life”) and having fulfilled that mission: “Father, the hour is come….I have glorified Thee on Earth.  I have finished the work which Thou gavest me to do.”

So the Christ is one who has surrendered his or her ego so the Divine may work through him or her, bringing love, healing, and illumination.  Let us this Saturday celebrate this spirit of the Christ.

You might want to do so with a prayer such as: “Thank you, God, for the spirit of the Christ.  Thank you, God, for this spirit that lovingly gets us to surrender our desires, our aversions, our fears, our judgments.  Thank you, God, for supplanting our egos with the spirit of the Christ.  Thank you, God, for this spirit of the Christ, working through us, for the greater good of everyone and everything.  Thank you, God, for Thee and Thy glory, Thy goodness, Thy truth, Thy spirit, Thy Christ.  Amen.”

Warmest best wishes for a lovely Christmas for you and your loved ones!

Love and Light,