The Birth of God’s Word

By Christmas morning we have told the story of Jesus’ birth in the stable many times in this parish church.

At two p.m. we used the crèche to tell the story to the tots and toddlers. At four p.m. the older children told the story themselves–dressed in costume and singing favorite carols. When we tell stories to children they want to know: what happened? And what happened next? Continue reading

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.