It is no use saying that we are born two thousand years too late to give room to Christ. Nor will those who live at the end of the world have been born too late. Christ is always with us, always asking for room in our hearts. But now it is with the voice of our contemporaries that he speaks, with the eyes of store clerks, factory workers, and children that he gazes; with the hands of office workers, slum dwellers, and suburban housewives that we gives. It is with the feet of soldiers and tramps that he walks, and with the heart of anyone in need that he longs for shelter. And giving shelter or food to anyone who asks for it, or needs it, is giving it to Christ.
-from Dorothy Day, "Room for Christ" in Watch for the Light: Readings for Advent and Christmas
Blessings on all of your Christmas celebrations! May you experience a deep sense of joy at new birth. May you find room in your heart for all of the gifts this season brings.
Image is "Kiss Goodnight" from the artist Miska
See you in the New Year!
-Christine Valters Paintner