Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Welcoming the Christmas Baby

English: One of the corridors on the lower lev...
English: One of the corridors on the lower level of the cloister with statues of the God, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. At the Viceregal Museum in Zinacantepec, Mexico State (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

One of my small Muslim students once told me, (with great amusement), that God has no relatives.


The Christian God is a Trinity - the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, (aka Wisdom or Sophia).

God's human relatives are Mary, the Mother of God, Joseph who would be, (and this is the only palatable relationship), God's step-father and if you happen to be Protestant then the siblings of Jesus would be God's half brothers and sisters.

And of course there were probably cousins of God.

That's quite a gang around the cosmic dinner table

and I had never seen it through someone else's eyes until that moment.

How absurd Christianity must seem to non-Christians.
Especially to the children.

I threw back my head and laughed until the tears came.


I believe there are many good paths that one can follow in this life

(speaking of Christianity), 
there is one path that begins next week -
in the darkest, coldest, dead of winter.

The birth of a child.

A child who comes every year
and brings light and renewed hope to our deeply troubled world


and I hope that no matter what your path is,
or how strange it may seem,
that you take time this week

to welcome Him.

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