reality reached – and won

It is easy to enjoy Christmas with its live altar as a crib, clean straw, nice furry animals, and its Christmas card atmosphere of sweetness and charm.  In the same way, it was easy for the Jews in Christ’s time to enjoy temple worship with the Holy of Holies, the Ark, and the Veil: all this undying appeal stimulates and enchants us.  But redemption was not worked out in temple worship.  It was worked out in ordinary life among the ruck of the sinful, sick, maimed, stupid, and self-interested.  It was accomplished through sharing the suffering and injustice of life.  There was a temple ritual already, but Reality reached and won its creatures by contact through personality, a contact that now and then evades nothing and leaves nothing out. – Evelyn Underhill



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