Monday, December 24, 2007

"Christmas calls a community back to its origins by remembering Jesus' own beginnings as a human child, a prophet of God's reign, a judgment on the world and its projects. What the parish celebrates during this season is not primarily a birthday, but the beginning of a decisive new phase in the tempestuous history of God's hunger for human companions. The social concerns of the season are thus rooted in Jesus' proclamation of God's reign: the renunciation of patterns that oppress others (holding, climbing, commanding) and the formation of a new human community that voluntarily embraces those renunciations. It is an adult Christ that the community encounters during the Advent and Christmas cycles of Sundays and feasts: a Risen Lord who invites sinful people to become church. Christmas does not ask us to pretend we were back in Bethlehem, kneeling before a crib; it asks us to recognize that the wood of the crib became the wood of the cross."

Nathan Mitchell
from Liturgy, vol 1. no. 2, 1980.

A blessed and happy Christmas to all!

9 comments:

Kievas said...

Merry Christmas!

Diane said...

AMEN...

and Merry Christmas.
great quote!

St. Casserole said...

Merry Christmas!

Songbird said...

Beautiful!
Merry Christmas to all at your house!

revabi said...

Wow, thanks for posting this.

And Merry Christmas. Hope you are having a great time.

mompriest said...

Merry Christmas...and thanks for the quote!

Singing Owl said...

That was good...

I hope you had a wonderful day, and that the remainder of the season is blessed as well!

Presbyterian Gal said...

I love that quote! That is powerful.

"....the wood of the crib became the wood of the cross".

So now can we please stop singing Happy Birthday at Christmas Eve and Christmas services?

Grendel said...

Amie, I give love to my Fellow Dog and to All Dog Acceptors!

Love and Gravy,

Grendel