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Peace on Earth

Peace on Earth

Peace on Earth
December 20
14:45 2017

Eva Reinoso Tejada

As the bible tells the story of Christmas, Jesus, the Messiah, was born in Bethlehem. The Sheppard’s and the Wise Men knew who he was. All is light, and all is peace. However, shortly after, the ire of Herod made Joseph and Mary flee to Egypt to save their baby’s life, since he was the specific target of Herod’s dark plans to kill the Messiah, which represented a threat to his power and revealed his fear. Many infants died because of this. Fortunately, not Jesus. How can such a wonderful thing like the birth of a baby, in this case, the Son of God, the Messiah, be followed by such a horrible chain of events?

What is then the meaning of the phrase: “It’s Christmas, time of peace.” I could argue many things in favor or against that phrase. In our times, we could say: “It’s Christmas, time to go shopping.” Or: “It’s Christmas, time to forgive.” Another one: “It’s Christmas, it’s time to eat and drink and be merry.” There is no doubt that Christmas is, and it will be whatever we want it to be. And by saying that, I am not a supporter of the generic “Happy Holidays” trend. When it’s 4th of July, we don’t say “Happy Holidays”, when it is Thanksgiving, we don’t say “Happy Holidays”, when it is Mother’s Day, we don’t say “Happy Holidays.” We usually call each holiday for what it is. And Christmas should be no different. If someone celebrates a different religion during this time of the year, or any other time, I believe it is great to voice it all loud what it is that is being celebrated, and I will gladly join the celebration. Happens that in this corner of the world, there are many of us who celebrate the birth of Jesus, so we are going to call it for what it is.

But going back to the meaning of Peace on Earth, I see Christmas as an opportunity more than anything else. It is the perfect time to stop and think all the things we can do under this celebration. We can call a relative or friend that we are distant with and say “Hello, it is Christmas and I was thinking of you.” It would look awkward to call someone in July and say “Hello, it is Independence Day and I was thinking of you.” Or we can just stop and allow ourselves for a break in the routine and for a pause to reflect.

When I think of Peace on Earth, and I remember all the things that are “going wrong” around the world and at home, I can get discouraged and say, “What about that?” But if I go back in history, name it our country’s history, the world’s history, or even my personal history, all the terrible things that have happened on any of those realms, have ended one way or another. Which brings me to this conclusion: “I choose to think of Christmas as a time of Peace on Earth, or even peace with myself, not because there is visible peace on earth, but because I choose to see the good things in me, in my family, in my loved ones, my community, my country, and the world.” That is the true meaning of Christmas. With that thought in mind, I will say to all my readers “Merry Christmas, go and find the peace on earth that you need and that you want to see in yourself.”

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