Tuesday, December 22, 2020
“Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy? Listen carefully to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food.”
Follow along with chapter 10 in “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.”
In our story, Edmund is with the White Witch and he is having second thoughts about his betrayal to the creatures of Narnia and of his siblings. He’s cold and hungry and has only been offered stale bread to eat; not even a small slice of Turkish Delight. Edmund feels like a prisoner and it appears doubtful that the White Witch will made him a king. Edmund’s observation has shown that the White Witch’s castle is sparsely decorated with only a few furs for warmth, nothing else for luxury, pleasure or comfort. The castle was more of a cold and empty tomb.
The White Witch is now aware that Aslan is on the move, she along with her dwarf and Edmund jostle over the snow in her sleigh in search for Peter, Susan and Lucy. During their search, they stumble across a small group of small forest creatures seated at a Christmas supper table in the middle of the woods. The aroma from their tiny feast smelled so delicious and made Edmund so very hungry. It turns out that Father Christmas had given them the feast. At the very presence of the White Witch she turns the entire supper party to stone! The White Witch was furious to hear celebrating; she knows this is a sign pointing to the end of her reign. At the same time she is also indignant at the existence of a feast at all. The Witch says in a harsh manner, “What is the meaning of all this gluttony, this waste, this self-indulgence?” She thought a feast was a waste, no matter what it celebrates.
“I tell you, many will come from east and west and will eat with Abraham and Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven,”
“Truly I tell you, I will never again drink of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.”
The kingdom of God is a place of truth, honesty and uprightness but also a place of delicious meals, physical comforts and elaborate beauty. Advent is a time of repentance and waiting, and it is also a time to celebrate the goodness of God and His creation. I pray you embrace the beauty and richness of the created world God has give me to us.
Questions for Reflection:
• In Christianity, both fasting and feasting have been traditional spiritual practices. Have you ever considered that “feasting” in Advent or at Christmas could be a celebration of the coming of Christ rather than just an indulgence or lapse in your diet?
• Why is being a miser, like the White Witch, counter to love and grace of God in Christ?