Monday, December 22, 2008

BETHLEHEM'S BECKON: ALL INVITED

One of the often overlooked aspects of Christmas story is its radical inclusiveness

In the story of Christ's birth, Love's original intent--lost in the Fall and subsequent manipulations for possession and privilege--is proclaimed to be restored. Hear it in Mary's song, in Zechariah's prophecy, in Angel announcements, in Simeon's sigh. The long slide into distortion and limited access is reversed. Outsiders are invited to the table. Those long locked-out find the secreted key. Not just the marginalized poor and dispossessed, but Magi from beyond the horizon see the sign, hear Bethlehem's beckon, and respond. Christ is a universal hope, not merely a provincial Messiah. The cat is out of the bag, as it were. "And the violent bear it away."

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