Some seasonal thoughts and observations…

Christmas 2While Joseph was trying to figure a way out, he had a dream. God’s angel spoke in the dream: “Joseph, son of David, don’t hesitate to get married. Mary’s pregnancy is Spirit-conceived. God’s Holy Spirit has made her pregnant. She will bring a son to birth, and when she does, you, Joseph, will name him Jesus – ‘God saves’ – because he will save his people from their sins.”

This would bring Isaiah the prophet’s embryonic sermon to full term: Watch for this – a virgin will get pregnant and bear a son; They will name him Immanuel (Hebrew for “God is with us”).

Then Joseph woke up. He did exactly what God’s angel commanded in the dream: He married Mary. But he did not consummate the marriage until she had the baby. He named the baby Jesus.

Matthew 1:20-25 The Message

“Once in our world,
a stable had something in it
that was bigger
than the whole world.”

CS Lewis

Joseph, Mary and Jesus…

  • lived under the yoke of an oppressive, occupying foreign force
  • lived at a time when the emperor declared himself god
  • became displaced citizens in order to filfil beaurocratic requirements
  • were Middle Eastern refugees forced to flee for their lives from their country


  • probably panicked when his fiancee’s labour pains started while she was riding a donkey and they were unable to find a B&B
  • maybe changed Jesus’ first nappy
  • suffered the cultural shame of taking a wife who was pregnant by someone other than himself
  • chose favour with God over favour with men


  • was only a teenager when she became pregnant with Jesus
  • had to put up with the ignobility of giving birth to her son outside the comfort of a house
  • suffered the life-long cultual shame of becoming pregnant by someone other than her husband
  • chose favour with God over favour with men


  • came into the world in conditions of abject poverty
  • cried, peed and pooed
  • suffered the life-long cultural shame of being known as someone conceived outside of wedlock
  • was unable to ever marry because of this

Meanwhile, I’ll be enjoying a safe, warm, snug, comfy, sentimental, well-fed-and-watered, middle-class, traditional, self-centred Christmas…

Thank you Papa for the fact of the miracle of the incarnation of the Christ!