embracing the holiness of the season

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How exciting would it be if every day people broke out in song? Ohhh the exhilarating randomness of a flashmob ministry!!!

Among the hustle and bustle of retail, rushing to the next sale, the never ending odyssey to find the right gift for that special someone that won’t have a special impact on one’s wallet, waiting and shoving in lines, the constant bickering of “I want, I want…” Amid this craziness, this group of everyday people do more than spread holiday cheer—their singing serves as a reminder of the holiness of this season (and the sacredness of the every day for each day new life, hope, and opportunity are born).

These holy days are more than just parties, pageants, the politics of gift exchanges, or coupons for last minute deals; whether we are celebrating the birth of Jesus, the Winter Solstice, 8 days of light, or just being with loved ones—it is about the falling on our knees at the amazingness that is life (figuratively and perhaps even literally).

Many of us are celebrating the birth of Jesus—the incarnational embodiment of “G-d coming near” and “G-d with us.” We commemorate the birth of a child who would bring hope and healing to a marginalized people—a child born into poverty, exile, and struggle…a child whose mission, witness, and testimony we strive to continue to live out today.

We are all challenged to fall on our knees at the holiness not only of that night but every night; an active veneration we live out and into by calling that loved one we’ve neglected, visiting a homeless shelter, doing a toy drive for children in foster care or domestic violence shelter, or simply waking up with a smile. It does not have to be anything big or complicated, it is doing ordinary things with extraordinary love–active random kindnesses.

Perhaps not their initial intention, the flashmob serves as a reminder that if we celebrate Jesus’ birth shouldn’t we also celebrate his ministry? As the flashmob comes to an end, they sing “O Holy Night.” One of the verses to this inspirational hymn is “Truly He taught us to love one another…His law is love and His gospel is peace…Chains he shall break, for the slave is our brother…And in his name all oppression shall cease.” A simple group of people got together to sing songs; they did not break chains or work towards ending oppression per se—but they did remind people of the sacredness of the season and to “fall on their knees” through simple acts of kindness. The every day challenge of “falling on one’s knees” is expressed by Sr. Theresa Kvale, CSJ who writes: “In quiet moments during the Christmas season observe and interact with the “beauty” around you ~ birdsong, snow, bare trees, poinsettias, family, friends, co-workers…Allow their unique beauty to reach deep into your soul to become “Word.” Now and in the coming year, notice the ways in which “Word” is being revealed to you, in you… and how you reveal it to others ~ making God known.”

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About delfinwaldemar

i am a native of miami, fl and i am of cuban and salvadoran heritage. i am a social worker and queer theologian who is passionate about engaging the intersections of religion, sexuality, race/ethnicity, and justice—specifically around lgbtq issues. i have a master in divinity as well as a master of social work. as an activist scholar of faith, i am interested in creating spaces where individuals and communities are safe and challenged to explore identity, expression, gender, and orientation in their complexities. i enjoy cooking, eating, laughing, writing, photography, eating more, “queerying” theology, and spending time with family and friends--especially my dearly beloved (while also driving him crazy). my approach to life is rooted in la lucha (the struggle)—lifting up our stories and experiences to inspire creative and authentic conversations and actions that thrive outside boxes transgressing dominant narratives. i hope this space will provide folks who feel isolated or disconnected from communities, especially religious one, an opportunity to wrestle and reconnect and re-member and simply be with the sacred. being raised roman catholic, i have felt marginalized and alone because of who i am within my church community--my queerness bars me from being able to pursue ordination and so this blog will be a space for me to share my journey of faith through homilies, pictures, liturgies, rants, queeries...my prayer is that this space become a pulpit and sanctuary, a new way of living into our call to radical holiness juntos...a place where you, me, G-d will caminar juntos y juntas en la lucha. Amen.

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