Saturday, December 05, 2020

Moore's The Soul of Christmas offers Jesus' way

This week The Carroll County Times publishes "Can Christmas be celebrated without Jesus?" by Rev. Dr. W. M. Louis "Lou" Piel. Piel quotes Thomas Moore's classic book The Soul of Christmas while answering this question:
"Thomas Moore in his book The Soul of Christmas wrote “My sense of Christmas is also different now that I understand better that Jesus was addressing all people on the planet, not wanting them to join his organization but to adopt his vision for a better human race.”"
Piel refers to additional authors before returning to Moore:
"Thomas Moore adds “now I see the enchantment of Christmas is a taste of what would be possible if human beings really could love each other.”"
Piel asks more questions at the end of his commentary: "Jesus believed in his vision and message so deeply that he was willing to put his life on the line for his beliefs. Is it possible that we execute him all over again by claiming we love Jesus and his vision for world of love and peace and then turning our back on his message? What do we do with Jesus at Christmas? We could leave him out completely. We could put him back in the manger. Or we could follow him and his vision for a new world."