This Sunday we’re going to talk a little about the Christmas story and God’s Imagination. Here’s the text you all know so well.
“In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for see—I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favors!”
When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.” So they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the child lying in the manger. When they saw this, they made known what had been told them about this child; and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds told them. But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.” (Luke 2:8-20)
The very first statement Jesus ever voiced about his concern for poor, oppressed, marginalized people was when He cried out as one of them — eyes shut tight, mouth open wide, wailing, kicking, shaking and dripping with blood and amniotic fluid. It was one of the most profound acts of solidarity with the poor He could make. He cast His lot not with the world’s emperors or with the rich and powerful, but with the world’s demoralized peasants. When God voted with His birth, He voted for the poor. It was the fulfillment of a long-awaited plan for God to live among the people He had made.
— Scott Bessenecker, The New Friars
- In what ways do you see Christ’s birth and all the events leading up to it (and following it as well) as an act of creativity and imagination on the part of God?
- If you could have one gift to be given to you by God what would it be?
- How did you prepare for Christmas this year?
- In what unexpected ways has Christ appeared to you during this advent season?