Second Comings

One of the many things I love about the movie As Good As It Gets is that to me the ultimate message is “This is as good as it gets- and that can be plenty good enough.”

Today I read this quote from Emmy Arnold:

The Christmas Star in the night sky, the shining of the Christmas light in the night – all this is the sign that light breaks into the darkness. Though we see about us the darkness of unrest, of family discord, of class struggle, of competitive jealousy and of national hatred, the light shall shine and drive it out.…Wherever the Christmas Child is born in a heart, wherever Jesus begins his earthly life anew – that is where the life of God’s love and of God’s peace dawns again.

And I thought of the Second Coming and wondered:

Are we living the Second Coming? What if it is not a single Second Coming, but repeated Comings, every time the light of love, of truth, of peace, of kindness, of hope bursts or leaks forth again into the world.

Maybe, as countless stars lend each their light to a dark sky, maybe, just maybe, we each – woman and man, old and young, Gentile and Jew – get to be Mary, bringing the starlight of God’s love into a dark world over and over again.

Maybe WE are the Second Coming!

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