Now that December 25th has come and gone, I can finally slow down a bit and enjoy Christmas. Although the culture would have us believe the Christmas season starts well before Thanksgiving and ends on Christmas day, the real Christmas season starts with Dec. 25 and runs through the first part of January.
Christmas provides a wonderful example for us in terms of bringing God to work. The same way Joseph and Mary brought Jesus to that stable in Bethlehem, we can bring God to our place of work. A stable is an ordinary place. No one at the stable was expecting God or looking for Him. The animals there and the people that frequented the stable were just going about their business and Jesus came to them through Mary and Joseph. The place was not holy before Jesus came, but after Joseph and Mary brought Jesus there, it became a holy place.
Most offices are kind of like that stable. People in most offices are not necessarily looking for God, nor are they expecting to encounter him. The office is just an ordinary place where people are going about their business. But if you bring God there, He can make the office holy. God just needs you to bring Him there.
As you return to work after a few days off for Christmas, be sure to ask your colleagues about their Christmas break. Share with them your Christmas experience. Relay an interesting point or two from the message delivered by your pastor or minister during Christmas Mass or service. Make reference to the Christmas season extending to the arrival of the Kings (Jan. 6) or even to the Baptism of our Lord (Jan. 10).
It is easy to think of Christmas as a historical event, but it also is a current event. Sure, Jesus was born some 2000 years ago, but He is also made manifest in our world today. You can be part of that manifestation, in your home and in your place of work.