Friday, December 20, 2013


Isaiah 7:10-14; Ps 24 Let the Lord enter; he is the king of glory; Luke 1:26-38

Yesterday I found myself pondering Scrooge and his attitude toward Christmas.  Today I woke up with the Grinch on my mind.  Not sure why these two figures seem to want to occupy this already crowded mind.

The Grinch.

What was the Grinch's problem?  Why could he not enter in to the spirit of Christmas that the Who seem to get so quickly and contagiously?

If you remember, when the Grinch is introduced:

 "It could be his head wasn't screwed on just right.
 It could be, perhaps, that his shoes were too tight.
But I think that the most likely reason of all May have been that his heart was two sizes too small."

His heart was too small. 

We all have encountered people with small hearts and greedy in nature and stingy rather than generous. 

Yet, in today's gospel we encounter someone who is just the opposite of the grinch. 

We encounter Mary, the virgin, who shows us what it means to have a BIG HEART OPEN TO GOD as she pressed those beautiful words upon her lips: "Behold I am the handmaid of the lord, May it be it done to me according to your word."

Our hearts may be small but the one thing the Grinch shows us is that they can grow and become large. 

MAry's yes and her big open heart to God paves the way for transformation and conversion for us all. 

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