Thursday, December 16, 2010

Advent Day 16

The greatest achievement was at first and for a time a dream. The oak sleeps in the acorn, the bird waits in the egg, and in the highest vision of the soul a waking angel stirs. Dreams are the seedlings of realities. ~James Allen


Reading: The egg is nature's perfect package and is the symbol of eternal life. The egg yolk reminded people of the sun, which was regarded as the most powerful natural element. In addition to this, the egg produced a rooster, who they believed had the power to summon every morning.

Some of you might be wondering why we chose this particular advent calendar which seems to have much in pagan symbolism. Well, the other advent calendar we saw at the time was more Christ centered, but it was a nativity set and we had three already—we now have four!—so we thought it would be nice to have something a bit different. Folklore is interesting and historical. Even if some things did not happen or did not happen as the tail goes, storytelling has always been essential part of mankind. Like I have chosen to do, my daughter must choose for herself to see God in all things that He has created and in each story. Christians over the years have adopted many of these symbols to point to God and the egg is one of them:

The egg is a wonderful symbol of birth and rebirth, an apparently lifeless object out of which comes life. Because of this, it is a symbol of Christ's Resurrection and is seen most often at Easter. In 2006, a necropolis under the Vatican revealed an infant who'd been buried holding an egg to symbolize his parents' hope in his resurrection, because of Christ's Resurrection.

Legend has it that St. Mary Magdalen went to Rome and met with the Emperor Tiberius to tell him about the Resurrection of Jesus. She held out an egg to him as a symbol of this, and he scoffed, saying that a man could no more rise from the dead than that egg that she held could turn scarlet. The egg turned deep red in her hands, and this is the origin of Easter eggs, and the reason why Mary Magdalen is often portrayed holding a scarlet egg.

Another level of symbolism is that the egg represents the Creation, the elements, and the world itself, with the shell representing the firmament, the vault of the sky where the fiery stars lie; the thin membrane symbolizing air; the white symbolizing the waters; and the yolk representing earth.

You can see that eggs seem to be symbolic of many things! I have also seen the egg used used often to help children understand the Holy Trinity, the egg having three parts, shell, yolk, and white, but being one egg.

I so enjoy a little eggnog during this time of year and we always have some with cookies and candy as we decorate our Christmas tree.

~ My Lord, each egg has the potential of not only hatching, but producing more of the same. This is the essence of life and of love. It is a wondrous thing You have created. ~

No comments:

Post a Comment

Thank you fellow travelers for walking and talking with me along this journey.