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真正的聖誕精神

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【新三才首發】美國波士頓第25頻道電視台的主播鮑勃·沃德(Bob Ward)分享了一個發生在30多年前聖誕夜的故事,讓我們有機會重新回顧一下真正的聖誕精神。

當時他剛從大學畢業時,正在新罕布什爾州電視台從事第一份電視新聞工作。那一年,他獲得了可以在聖誕夜與聖誕節白天的假期。而讓他當年可以回到馬薩諸塞州的父母家中參加平安夜派對,且隔天可以跟親友共度聖誕節美好時光,都因為聖誕夜當晚所發生的這件事。

當天晚上6:30,新聞播報結束後,他把工作結束準備離開電視台回家。當他滿懷歡喜坐上自己的車子,發上了在聖誕夜最糟糕的事情,他的舊車子無法發動。當時電台宿舍的室友也已經回家過節,周圍找不到一個可以幫他的人。最後不得已打給當地的 AAA 救援中心,結果來了一輛拖車,開車的人名叫比爾(Bill)。

比爾檢查了他的車狀況後,告訴他只能把車拖回修理廠,因為過節要到26號才能修好。沃德心急如焚,但卻無計可施,也想不到可以回家的方法。難道這一年最重要的節日就在冰冷的電視台度過了嗎?然而奇蹟發生了,這個才剛第一次見面的比爾,竟然提出:“反正這兩天我值班,也不用回家。你開我的車吧。” 比爾好心地把自己的車借給沃德,要沃德開他的車回家。沃德說:真的嗎?但是你要我付你多少錢呢?我是剛畢業的學生,沒有多少錢啊。”而比爾卻回答說:“不用給我租金,你26號再開回來就好,給我加滿油就可以了。”

沃德簡直無法相信這樣的奇蹟會降臨在他身上,他滿懷感激開著比爾的車回家,趕上了平安夜派對,也得以在聖誕節與親友共度。當他在26號把車開回來還給比爾的時候,他在車上留了一份小禮物表達他的感激之意。

沃德說到雖然他已經不記得當年聖誕節他所贈送或收到的任何一份禮物,但是他卻仍然清楚地記得這一件事和那個小禮物。

雖然今年聖誕節,沃德和大多數人一樣,正在爭奪時間在商場尋找禮物,或者正在通過網站試圖獲得一件可以包裝並放置在聖誕樹下的禮物。然而,他卻認為他今生所學到的是,「真正重要的,真正符合聖誕精神之美的事物,不是禮物互送,而是給予!」。

同出一轍,就像教皇弗朗西斯(Francis)在今年聖誕夜彌撒時的呼籲。教皇希望人們應該要過上更簡單,更不物質的生活。他說基督的誕生指出了一種新的生活方式,「不是通過擁有和囤積,而是通過分享和奉獻」。

他指出:“對於很多人來說,生活的意義是不斷的索取,擁有無盡的物質享受。 這種不滿足的物質慾望構成了大部分人類的歷史。就在今日,當極少數人享受着奢華的晚宴,還有更多的人沒有可充饑的麵包呢?”

教皇教導我們說:“我們應該問問自己。 我真的需要這麼多物質上的東西和複雜的生活方式嗎?我可不可以舍掉那些不必要的物質享受,活得更單純一點?”

真正的聖誕精神,也就是這種為他人的「給予」精神,而非自利的「掠奪與佔有」。

(編譯:王明真)

(責任編輯:姜啟明)

(文章來源:新三才編譯首發)

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