Text: Luke 1:26-38
On this day, in Christian churches all across this country’s landscape one message will resound: “For unto you is born this day in the City of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord.” It is a beautiful and profound proclamation. The images of baby Jesus lying in a manger, wrapped in swaddling clothes, with the Holy parents gazing sweetly at their infant lowly, while docile animals bow to welcome the newborn have captivated people, religious and non-religious, for generations. All of the great artists of the world have rendered their vision of the nativity. In prose and poetry the great writers of our time have sought to bring meaning and understanding to what took place in the stable this night so long ago.
“We know this story from the two sources in the New Testament: the gospels of Matthew and Luke. Although their accounts differ somewhat, both tell that Jesus was born from his virgin mother Mary in Bethlehem. Luke adds that Mary swaddled her newborn and “laid him in a manger.”(Mustafa Akyol) In a recent op-ed piece in The New York Times titled Away in a Manger…Or Under a Palm Tree?, Mustafa Akyol draws attention to two other versions of Jesus’ birth. He writes: [Read more…]