Those who seek Christ today need look no further than than the children in swaddling clothes who today are seeking refuge. Followers of Christ find him in the faces of the refugees, more than half of which are children, fleeing violence in Yemen, Syria, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador…
In a world of increasing complexity, Jesus offers moral clarity: “When I was a stranger, you welcomed me,” (Matthew 25:35) and “whatsoever you do to the least of these, you do to me,” (Matthew 25:40). It may be that kindness to strangers is the greatest act of moral selflessness.
May you encounter the joy of Christ this Christmas, like a lump in your throat, a pit in your stomach, coming in unexpected ways, like selfless giving, the kindness of strangers, the frightened faces of children, babies in swaddling clothes, and homeless refugees fleeing the Herods of this world.
Gloria in Excelsis Deo, and on earth, peace, goodwill to all,