Friday, 13 December 2013
It’s that wonderful time of year again in which we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. I’m a bit hesitant to share the following reflection about Christmas (from Luke 2:1-7) because it may make you uncomfortable, however it illustrates that so much of our understanding of the world and our faith is shaped by our culture. It shows us that things aren’t always as they seem to us.
Our traditional view of the Christmas story has Mary and Joseph arriving in Bethlehem, Joseph taking his wife to the village inn only to hear there is no room - except for a stable. We’ve become quite familiar with this scene, but it probably isn’t accurate. By reading the biblical text with some cultural and archaeological evidence we discover that adjustments are needed in our thinking.