“Anamnesis” a Greek word meaning to remember. It has deep liturgical meaning for us as Catholics.
It does not mean “to remember” in a nostalgic way, like flashbacks of old events we see on tv shows.
Anamnesis means to remember by participation; we remember by making the event that already happened real in our own lives.
This shows up in our Eucharist. We remember, we call to mind the ONE sacrifice and we make it real in our own lives.
The same applies to Christmas. We remember the birth of Jesus; we remember to make it real.
Which means we need to understand the mystery of what his birth means for us as individuals and as a whole. This part we especially concentrate on during ADVENT.
Advent, the time of preparation, is a time to ponder the meaning of God’s promise, the meaning of Salvation, the meaning of Jesus Christ, and how we experience now and how we can experience it more.
So we can ask ourselves: What does it mean that the Son of God chose to become a human? What does it mean that he chose to be born of Mary, to be born as a weak, vulnerable child? What does it mean that he walked the earth; ate, drank, formed friendships and bonds? What does it mean that he healed, and taught? What does it mean that he gave his life on the cross and was resurrected?
There is a statement that goes around this time of year…”but Christ back into Christmas”… a reference to PC terms of “Happy Holidays” or “Merry Xmas”. I laugh at these efforts, because they are usually filled with anger and bitterness, which is not exactly Christ-like.
If we want to truly put Christ back into Christmas, then “Remember”! Remember the mystery and live the mystery.