The Lord has always seen fit to raise the spirit of the faithful and, indeed, of the whole world in the blessed Christmas season. In His benevolence, each year, in this special season He raises up from the abyss with special blessings the Church. These blessings can be seen in intangible but, nonetheless, recognizable uplifting of the spirit, feelings of good will and general benevolence. This extends to the secular world as well since the Lord “sends rain on the just and the unjust” as He wills the salvation of all.
But as the season passes, the world falls back into its torpidity and stupor. And such is the case now. The spirit of the season has passed and mankind has fallen back into its old ways as though the Savior of the World never came and the graces, that fill our souls so recently, never existed.
And, sadly, such will be the attitude in the Church as well. Even though the Church purports to celebrate the season of Christmas through its culmination on the feast of the Baptism of the Lord, the spirit of the season is gone. The Christmas hymns are no more; no greetings of “Merry Christmas”; and the great season of joy at the coming of the Lord into the world is past; just a memory of time with family and friends bereft of the joy of the realization that Christ has indeed come into the world to save us from our sins.