I just finished watching “The Nativity Story.” It’s Christmas – what else should I watch? I watch Scrooge on Christmas Eve and The Nativity Story on Christmas and sometime before New Year’s I watch “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Tradition. Oh wait, tradition is from “Fiddler on the Roof.” Wrong movie.
As Mary brought forth baby Jesus I began to cry. Somehow I never thought about the labor she endured. Or how fearful Joseph was. Or. . . something I have learned over the years is that there is still more to learn about the birth of Christ. Oh yes, I know the movie has its flaws, but last time I checked so do I. It is moving and thought-provoking – which is enough.
Then I went to Facebook and saw the following post, thanks to my friend Tahlia Robson. And it’s true. Think about it hard and long.
Today, some are celebrating an underprivileged mom giving birth in a stable, to a baby who grew up to be a prominent activist for peace, love and anti-capitalist values; who preferred the company of honest prostitutes, the poor and the disabled than that of the religious or financial elite; who partook in radical direct action against the banking system and who, at the conclusion of his life, was executed publicly as an enemy of state. Jesus was a revolutionary — Merry Christmas