Pondering for Wednesday, December 25, 2019

This is the First Day of Christmas

Eucharistic Readings for  Christmas Day

Isaiah 9:2-7  Psalm 96  Titus 2:11-14   Luke 2:1-14(15-20)

“While they were there, the time came for her to deliver her child.  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 2:6 – 7)  

No room at the inn, BALDERDASH! You or I would have given up our room for a pregnant woman, any pregnant woman, if we only knew about her.  We are not new or unique.  There have always been soft hearted, compassionate people like us in the world.  But we have to know about the pregnant woman.  No, I think this lack of compassion rests clearly on the managers of the inn.  They didn’t want to upset the guests, the paying guests. This lack of compassion is more accurately termed “inconsiderate.”

There would have been room in the inn for Herod; there would have been room for Caesar, today there would be room for the Governor, there would be room for the President.  But there was a lack of compassion for this pregnant girl.  This lack of compassion is more accurately termed “inconsiderate.” And it is to being inconsiderate that I say Bah Humbug!

Jesus is born in Bethlehem at the corner of Ignorance and Inconsiderate streets. In Dickens “A Christmas Carol” the ghost of Christmas present shows two children whose names are “Ignorance” and “Want.”  The ghost additionally says; “beware of them both but more especially of Ignorance.”  I’m thinking ignorance can be fixed with some teaching and preaching.  That is what Jesus came to do, to inform the ignorant among us. This has always included me.

Do you think that when ignorance is informed, such a one will become more considerate?  There are some examples in the life of Jesus.  In chapter 3 of the Gospel of John Jesus meets Nicodemus in darkness (pun intended) and explains how one must be born again from above to be saved. Later, in chapter 19 of the same Gospel, after Jesus has died and was taken down from the cross, Nicodemus brings fragrances to anoint the body.  He changed from being inconsiderate to being very considerate through being informed and taught and brought out of his darkness.

This baby Jesus born this day teaches us and brings us out of our darkness also. Our Lord Jesus informs us so that we may be open to those who need our help or our room in the inn. In this way we ourselves are saved.  Our being saved has as much to do with the birth of our Lord Jesus as it does his Resurrection from the dead.  Merry Christmas to all.

Let us hear what the Spirit is saying to and through the saints of God and then ponder anew what the Almighty can do.  John

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