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The Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord (Christmas 2013)

December 25, 2013

A REASON TO FEAR?

In the days that lead up to Christmas, we have a chance to listen to all the stories that lead up to the birth of Christ in a particular succession:  the stories of Zachariah, Elizabeth, John the Baptist and his disciples, the Annunciation and the Visitation.  In every single one:  someone says “Do not be afraid”.  In tonight’s reading, the shepherds too are told not be afraid.

But it is Christmas, what is there to be afraid of?  This is the time of good-will, peace on earth, the birth of our savior, joy to the world, silent nights and silver bells and such. . .

But on the other hand, we are talking about saving the world, the birth of a child, the toppling of kingdoms, a new world order.  All pretty scary stuff when you stop to think about it.

Is there a reason to be afraid at Christmas?  If we are paying attention. . . I think so.

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