The Birth of Jesus

Nativity Window (Chapel, St. John the Evangelist, Hingham, MA)

Jesus was born in fulfillment of God’s promise to the people of Israel.  They hoped for a king from the lineage of the greatest king of Israel–David.  David was a shepherd, from the town of Bethlehem.  Jesus was the same, and so much more.  Beth-lehem means “house of bread” in Hebrew, and after Jesus was born there, he was placed in a manger–a trough where animals were fed. Jesus is the one who grew to feed and care for a hungry people.  Jesus as savior restores a broken world to wholeness, gives sustanence, and brings the gift of peace–and we experience the mystery of all of that when we receive communion.

The precious child of God became a human being in a safe place warmed by the bodies and breath of animals, nestled in a bed softened by straw and watched over by loving parents.  I pray that all children may be as blessed.

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