The video below is a Coca Cola commercial from about five years ago that takes up the Christmas theme of the star of Christmas.
Let us review the impact that Star of Christmas had on the wise men, the Magi.
- The star moved them to seek meaning outside themselves. It made them look out and up.
- The star called them beyond what was familiar in their own country and world and expanded their horizons toward Christ and His kingdom.
- The star summoned them to seek Christ, and when they found him, to worship him.
- The Star drew them to be generous to a poor family in Bethlehem, and to make sacrifices, as they lay costly gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh before the Lord.
- The star roused them to conversion as they “returned to their country by another route” following the straight and narrow path, rather than the wide and destructive one.
Yes, it is a fact that no one encounters Jesus Christ and goes away unchanged. A blind man went away able to see, the deaf went away able to hear, the lame could walk, the hungry went away satisfied, the ignorant were instructed, the guilty forgiven, and sinners were converted.
And the call of the nations to new life and to change began with a star. And the light of the star opens the way to the Light of World, Jesus. The star of my life is Jesus.
In the commercial below we see Santa (a name which means “Holy One”) send forth a star, a star that touches people and radiates a light that transforms them.
- A woman sees the light of that star and is able to forgive her husband and be reconciled with him.
- A young soccer player sees the light of that star, surrenders pride and steps aside to let another player share in and get a shot at glory.
- A young girl sees the light of that star and forsaking some of her own beauty seeks to beautify a public park for others.
- A guard at the local museum sees the light of that star and shows mercy to the guard dog with him (this was a silly one).
- A father sees the light of that star and permits his son a moment of growth.
Yes, there is something about that star that changes everyone who looks at it. They become more forgiving, more gracious, aware of others, more connected to others, more loving.The light of the star, and the light of the world is Jesus. And his light is meant to have that same effect and more besides.
In the background of the commercial plays an old Elvis song: Wise men say only fools rush in, But I can’t help falling in love with you. Shall I stay, would it be a sin? If I can’t help falling in love with you.
Here of course the “love” that is portrayed is not the romantic love of the song but the brotherly and agape love that Christ gives. Like the Magi of old who found Christ by the star, no one sees the star of Jesus and encounters him and then goes away unchanged. Indeed if we authentically encounter Christ, we are equipped to love, just as the people in this commercial are. We are equipped to forgive, to bring healing, to help others find strength and glory in the truth and to come to full maturity in Christ. A person who knows Jesus and has encountered him cannot help loving others, not in some merely sentimental way, but with a strong, vigorous love rooted in the truth. The same love Jesus has for us all.
At the end of the commercial there is an admonition in Spanish that translated says, Give the world the best of you. The best of me is Jesus.
7 Replies to “No One Goes Away From Jesus Unchanged – As Seen In A Beautiful Christmas Commercial”
What a beautiful commercial with a profound interpretation from you Monsignor!
What I said last year, whatever that was. Good day.
When we experience conversion, there seems to be not enough time to give out all the love we now hold in our hearts. It often makes us wish we could wrap our arms around this whole world in healing loves embrace. Where does this huge love come from? From the unbearably beautiful mercy and love of Jesus Christ. We have been forgiven much, so much, it often brings us to tears of gratitude and shame. All we can do is wrap our arms around the Cross where love and truth hung and cry out our love for Him forever.
Thanks for this, Monsignor! This is a timely reading of popular culture in the light of the Gospel given Pope Francis’ pointing to the early Christians as a model for Christians in the digital age. “Faced with philosophies of great profundity and educational methods of great value – although steeped in pagan elements, the Fathers did not shut them out, nor on the other hand, did they compromise with ideas contrary to the Faith. Instead, they learned to recognize and assimilate these higher concepts and transform them in the light of God’s Word, actually implementing what Saint Paul asks: Test all things and hold fast to that which is good.” He said this also applies to the internet.
The title of this post reminds me of a quote from Fulton Sheen. When reflecting on the Wise Men returning to their country by a different way, Sheen said, “No one who ever meets Christ with a good will returns the same way as he came”.
Thanks. Never knew that Santa meant “Holy One”. Always time to learn something. Beautiful interpretation for a stylish commercial.
As people of the catholic church we are called to find our “star.” We are called to come out of our comfort zone and do something that we normally would’t do.
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