Christmas ain't over yet for us Catholics, and all those who follow the liturgical calendar. Today we celebrate the story of the three kings who travel to Bethlehem to worship their king.
The Incarnation is so important that Advent precedes it and prepares us for it for 4 weeks. But, the real Christmas season as celebrated by the Church doesn't end until Candlemas in February, 40 days after December 25th. On Candelmas, we celebrate the presentation of Jesus in the Temple.
So when the world is taking down their decorations and trees and getting the first of the credit card bills for their Christmas gifts, we are just warming up in our continued celebration of God's gift to us: becoming human so we can share in His divinity. Now, doesn't it make sense that our celebration of the greatest event in salvation history should last just a little bit longer so we can meditate on these great mysteries, as Mary did, pondering these things in our hearts?
As a special Christmas present to my blogger friends, here's a new version of an old song, still warm, fresh from St. Joseph's Studio. Sing of Mary, an instrumental on autoharp, guitar, fiddle, mandolin, and accordion.