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Why I Eat Apples on Christmas Eve

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I don’t say “Merry Christmas” until December 24 because it’s currently Advent, a season of preparation. Advent calls for repentance. Advent reminds me to celebrate the past and the future of the state of our humanity. It is why I eat apples on Christmas Eve.

One of the Cathedral priests gave a great homiletic lecture on Christmas. Christmas is the birth of the Savior. It is not about consumerism and the need to balance sales ledgers. It is about a single act of love. But why did the world need saving?

To understand why the world needed to be saved, we have to look at the concept of original sin. Some philosophers ask, “If God is omniscient, why did he invent the apple in the Garden of Eden?”  After all, He is extemporal. If there is no beginning and no end and all time is the present, then surely God already knew what would happen.  So why was it necessary that He create and set forth some temptation for us?

The answer is not complicated. He created the apple because of love.  From the beginning of our creation, God loved us, but He loved us so purely that He gave us choice. Love is not forceful, it is freely given.  It is not just God’s love for us, but also for the love He desires from us. By creating the apple, He gave us choice, i.e., the choice between loving Him and denying Him. We chose to deny him and therefore created death. Death is man’s creation, not God’s.  

Some philosophers would say that because God is omniscient, the creation of the apple was inevitable. But word “inevitable” in its very definition implies that we had no choice.  This was not the case.

We who were infinite became finite. We long to be infinite again but we cannot save ourselves. Someone who is infinite, however, could choose to become finite without the stain of original sin in order to do so (save us) and still maintain his infinite nature. God became this way.  This is Christmas.

And when He came, he chose the most humbling way to do so.  The sacrificial lamb of God, the Bread of Life, laid in a feeding manger and we will feast on Him to hopefully obtain our infinite reward.

I eat apples on Christmas Eve to remind myself of God’s great love for us. .His gift of choice (free will) brought about His gift of a Savior.  If we hadn’t chosen to eat the apple, would Christ need to have come? If Christ hadn’t come, what would we be celebrating?

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Written by Written Straw

December 9, 2010 at 11:26 pm

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