Christmas Eternally

Chrismas, rightly understood in its spiritual significacation, is the demonstration of the vitality and power of the Christ, the divine idea. This Christ-idea, exemplified in the man Jesus, destroyed the darkness of mortal ignorance with the light of Truth, rebuked selfishness and sensuality, healed sickness and sin, made manifest Love in place of hate, and overcame death with the understanding and demonstration of what Life eternally is. Christendom in a halting way has tried to celebrate the advent of the Christ by setting aside one day of each year, which it designates as Christmas Day, as a holy day or holiday, and this day is rightly conceived of as a day of infinite rejoicing. But the human concept of rejoicing only counterfeits that enduring joy which comes from the conscious realization of the eternal substance of Spirit.

Mortals have always sought joy in the empty husks of materiality, only to find that this so-called joy was as transient and untrue as finity itself. Permanent joy is joy in the allness of Mind, rather than pleasure in the flesh,—not the indulgence of fleshly desires, but the complete subjection of matter to Mind. The peculiar thing is that whereas the Christ reveals man in God's own likeness, the destruction of materiality, and the supremacy of Spirit, Christmas Day has come to mean to large multitudes not so much a day of conscious realization of man's oneness with Spirit, as a day on which the passion for seeking pleasure in matter might be given free rein. It was the realization of the allness of Spirit and the utter nothingness of Spirit's unlikeness, matter, that enabled Jesus to demonstrate the living Christ in the destruction of sin, sickness, and death; and yet how often do mortals, with that persistent attempt to perpetuate the belief in the reality of matter, try to celebrate Christmas by seeking pleasure not in Spirit but in the flesh,—by acting, in other words, as though that were real which the Christ dispels, the suppositional opposite of Spirit.

Variance and Emulations
December 17, 1921

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