You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch

 

When Dr. Seuss was 53 years old, he was fed up. The children’s book author and illustrator was tired of the noise, the constant activity, and the busy-ness that was attached to Christmas. His desire was that people would celebrate the joy and peacefulness of the season without all the hoopla detracting from it.

So he did what any great writer does. He wrote a story about it. How the Grinch Stole Christmas has become a classic, spanning over five decades.

It’s funny that in today’s world we think of the Grinch as an awful and mean creature. We forget that he actually transformed his attitude about Christmas. He saw the Whos in Whoville celebrating together, even without the gifts and food. He discovered that it was about being together and sharing this special day with each other.

“Maybe Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas perhaps, means a little bit more.

And what happened then? Well, in Whoville they say that the Grinch’s small heart grew three sizes that day.”

How is your Advent going? Are you caught up in the gifts, food, and busy-ness? Are you finding yourself getting anxious about the things to do and people on your shopping list?

What is your focus as we approach Christmas Day? Are you finding time to pray, reflect and give thanks for the miracle of Christmas? Are you setting aside time to be fully present with those you love and those you meet?

How big is your heart this Christmas season?

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To Be Transfigured

A Message from Paul Burzynski

Have you ever had a life altering experience? A car accident? A fire? Maybe consider something less intense; the birth of a child? Buying your first home?

All of these experiences, without question, would change your life. One drives more cautiously after an accident, and surely, life is never the same after the birth of a child—all life altering experiences. We all have them. Most of them are completely unexpected.

 When Peter, James and John, journey up Mt. Tabor with Christ, that experience would change them forever. Imagine being in their place when suddenly, you see Moses, Elijah, and your friend (Jesus) transformed before your eyes, and you don’t understand it. How can you not be changed by that!

I’ve always wondered why this gospel reading is proclaimed on the Second Sunday of Lent. It certainly is an intriguing and exciting story, but why the transfiguration account every year?

Maybe our personal Lenten challenges have made us grow weary already. For some, maybe not. Perhaps the reason why the Church gives us this reading today is to help and encourage us in our journey up our own Lenten Mt. Tabor; to remind us early on, that through our self-discipline, our prayer, our fasting, and our alms-giving, we too can become transformed.

Let us pray that through the Pillars of Lent, we might seek Christ, know Christ, and become Christ, that at the end of our journey, we too might hear the words, “This is my beloved.”

 

Paul Burzynski is the Director of Music & Liturgy for St. Dominic Catholic Parish