And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn. (Luke 2:7)
Luke portrays the birth of Jesus Christ as someone who is an outsider. If it were to happen now, we would blame the PR department for insufficient promotion! Rather, Luke depicts God’s saving action beginning with the last, the lost, the least. Mary is not among family as would have been the custom. They are travellers but can’t even stay inside the inn. Like the parables, this scene challenges all of the reader’s pre-conceptions of power.
As we prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, of God’s saving action among us, the story prompts us to reflect upon where we will see God at work today. As we give thanks for God’s love for us, reflected in our family and friends, how do we see the last, the lost and the least? An annoyance? A drain on taxpayers’ funds? Or the centre of God’s saving action in the world? Rather than worrying about what I will get at Christmas, what gift am I being called to give?
Wishing you and your loved ones a blessed Christmas and a restorative break