And so this is Christmas, and what have you done?
Another year over, and new one just begun
John Lennon – “Happy Xmas (War is Over)” 1971
I still like John Lennon’s song with its beautiful melody and because it helps the listener mark the passing of a year and the arrival of a new one. As complicated as John Lennon could be as a person, his lyrics were often simple and to the point.
“And so this is Christmas, and what have you done?” I like that question! What was the year like? How involved was I in life? Did I make good choices this past year, did I help others, did I achieve any goals, and did I help accomplish some good in the world around me? Did I listen to the Lord this year? Did I pray, fast and give alms? Did I live for me and play a lot of video games – or both?
“Another year over, and a new one just begun.” How fast time flies! How quickly things change! Life Teen has been around for 25 years – are you kidding me! 2011 has begun. Am I ready? I am so thankful for God’s mercy. I am so thankful that we have a God of new beginnings. I am so thankful that God’s mercy is renewed each day (with the rising and the setting of the sun). I am just thankful.
Let’s consider the song title: “Happy Xmas (War is Over).” Yes, happy end of the Xmas season! But lets replace the “X” with Christ, and let us work towards justice so that war will end – war in our hearts (we need to integrate body, soul and spirit through prayer, study, diet, meditation and exercise), war in our families and friendships (Mother Teresa said, “Walk across the hall before you come to India”) and of course, wars between nations. We must work and pray for peace – if we want it.
It is amazing how music carries a message. John Lennon knew that, Bach knew that, and unfortunately, Adolf Hitler knew that. Music can mesmerize and promulgate almost any message. Monks know that and heavy metal musicians know that. Let us be people of peace and prayer, so that our music will reflect peace and prayer. Let us echo John Lennon’s sentiment by marking time, asking our self some important questions and being people of justice and prayer, which leads to peace.
John Lennon composed and recorded this song nearly 40 years ago. Are we any closer to peace in the world since then? He had 9 more years of living, but he of course didn’t know that. How much more time do we have? Let us begin living today! Praying, seeking, serving, loving, singing, composing, helping, working, smiling, sharing, reading, studying, walking, hoping, being… The time is now for life.
And so this is Christmas, I hope you have fun,
the near and the dear one, the old and the young.