“A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away...” a young man was called to use the force to bring about love, justice, and righteousness after the world was taken over by the unjust empire.
I’m talking about Luke Skywalker. The realm in which he was born was corrupt - thanks to Emperor Palpatine and Darth Vader. Few Jedis around to help him tap into his call to transform the galaxy. Over the course of a few episodes, Luke Skywalker develops his gifts and turns the empire on its head. After a few decades, the Force was back in leadership.
Also “A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away” a child was born. This child was called to use God’s Spirit to bring about love, justice, and righteousness after his world was under a fairly unjust empire.
This time, I’m talking about Jesus. Economic divides between people during the time classified some people as expendables. People with disabilities of all sorts were thrown away by society. We see this child grow up to bring people back into society through his healings and teachings.
While the Spirit of God always had a voice as we’ve seen in the prophets (kind of like the Jedi of their time), this “Force” now had a new voice for a new generation: Jesus the Christ.
The season of Christmas, which spans from Christmas Day until January 5 (the day before Epiphany), gives us the chance to experience a new hope: from the image of a new child with new possibilities coming into the world to celebrating a new year on Christmas Day. Celebrating newness is essential to the season of Christmas.
As our transition to a new year begins, we are still trying to make sense of the past year’s highs and lows. And with the past year being very...well...weird, we have quite a bit of experiences on which to reflect. Yet we can’t look back too long - just enough to learn the lessons, celebrate the small and big victories, and know that major changes won’t happen overnight in 2021. We will, however, see changes happening like the sunrise - more and more light as time passes.
But here is what I do know: the spirit of the Christ is always bringing in newness into our world. The spirit of Christ helps us to see the hope in the world, bring peace to our communities, work with others to find joy, and love radically.
So in a galaxy a long time ago and somewhat far away, a child was born in humble beginnings but turned around the realm to be the kingdom of God here on this earth. This child, Jesus the Christ, brought us newness and hope. This same spirit is always with
us. Let us delight in new beginnings!