Jesus came down one night to see how his followers were conmemorating his birth and his teachings. He went first to a house up in a hill. He heard people singing and laughing . So he went inside and saw a big tree full of lights and decorations. “I am the light of the world…” Jesus said out loud. But the people inside the house kept decorating the tree with colorful lights. Jesus also noticed colorful boxes under the tree. He asked one person what those boxes were and the person said, “Well, they are holiday gifts, of course… They are for the kids and grown ups too!” Jesus was puzzled and said “But I have given everyone the gift of eternal life…!” But the person shrugged and walked away. Still confused , Jesus visited another house where people were drinking alcohol and laughing hysterically. They were cooking and eating lots of food and saving some for later. Jesus said “How about feeding the hungry people who are homeless ?..” But nobody responded and continued to drink and eat without hesitation.
Feeling disappointed, Jesus went outside and started walking down the road and saw lots of people coming in and out of a big building. He approached the building to find out what the people were doing. Jesus thought they were probably visiting the sick or the imprisoned. But instead he saw people rushing inside to buy as many stuff as they could . He noticed people arguing about who should get the last item on a shelf. He saw many people acting anxious and angry. Jesus said ” Come to me if you are tired and restless.” But everybody kept rushing and arguing.
Jesus went back outside and saw a beggar outside of the front door, and asked “What about clothing this humble person?” but nobody else paid any attention to him. They seemed to be focused on buying and filling up their carts to take to their own homes.
Jesus went to the next building, hoping to find at least a glimpse of what he has taught. But then he saw an old fat man sitting on a throne with a group of children waiting in line to see him. Jesus said ” Ah! Children! Theirs is the kingdom of heaven ! But why do they want so desperately to see this other king?” To his surprise, Jesus could hear one child sitting at the king’s lap asking him to deliver toys to his house. Feeling frustrated, Jesus stormed out of the building.
He was troubled and saddened by what he saw. He asked himself “What about the least of these? What about compassion, forgiveness, serving and making peace? What happened to those who are poor in spirit, the meek, and the ones who love their neighbors as themselves?
He then decided to return to the buildings and the homes to remind people again about the real reason for the season. Once there , Jesus spoke but nobody listened. The noise was too loud and there was a lot of holiday music playing in the background. Out of despair , Jesus started pushing people out of the building and throwing the stuff off the shelves, while he shouted “Get out and visit the homeless, the sick, and the imprisoned !” Jesus then returned to the homes and overturned the tables and knocked down the decorated trees while he shouted “Get out and feed the hungry and clothe the naked!”
But he was suddenly apprehended by several police officers and was charged with disturbing the peace and trespassing. He was beatened and pushed around for messing up people’s holiday celebration. He was sent to jail where he could not get a fair trial and where he ended up dying. He was quickly forgotten and the rest of the world kept buying and eating as if nothing happened.
The following year it happened all over again.