Nativity of the Lord
St. Joseph Basilica
December 24, 2016
A couple of weeks ago I was watching the evening news. As is common this time of year, one of the features focused upon Christmas shopping. The story was all about some “must-have” toy that people were going crazy trying to find - running from store to store, exhausting every website, writing to friends far away to see if they could lay hold of it for them. I forget what the toy was exactly - something that hatches, I think - but whatever it was, the desire for it was so strong that it was fuelling a frantic search.
Now, it seems to me that this happens every year. There always seems to be a “must have” thing. It could be a toy, or it might be clothing or electronics. The desire for the “must have” can inhabit child and adult alike. When I watch this I often wonder: does the gift match the desire? This thing for which there is intense longing, does it really satisfy? We know from experience that the answer is no. The toy that is supposed to be the best ever will soon collect dust on a shelf and give way to the next great thing, fashions will change, and gadgets grow obsolete.