Monday, December 24, 2007
Robert Frost wrote often and disapprovingly of “the loud laugh the big laugh at the little” (see this and this, for example). Frost’s work often points to the irony and foolishness of such an attitude. But it is all around us and, sadly, is found within each of us as well. In my youth the congregation knelt at Mass when we came to the ancient words of the Creed concerning the first Christmas – “Et incarnatus est, de Spiritu Sancto, ex Maria Virgine, et homo factus est.” Christmas teaches us that the one Being who truly is “big” does not laugh at the foolishness of the little but instead becomes one with them and one of them. There are none who are too little for the Creator. Yet we little creatures constantly need reminders of the true preciousness of all. Christmas time is one such reminder.