A Reflection by our General Manager in the lead up to Christmas
This story has been told so many times, that we all get so used to it. We are used to the comforting, gentle Christmas nativity scene, the Christmas carols, presents under the tree, smiles from friends and family over a Christmas meal. We get so used to this, year on year, that we can so easily forget how revolutionary and scandalous this event we commemorate is.
Incarnation of God, as Christianity proclaims it, is the fulfillment of all prophets of the First Testament. Their voices throughout the Bible were always pointing out that the logic of God is different than the one of humans. These were voices against violence, abuse of power, against haughtiness and exploitation of the poor. In this narration, Christ is on the contrary a radical sign of God’s logic: of love and solidarity with human kind. He is the one, who brings the message of peace, proclaiming equal dignity of all, men and women, including in His teaching to all those who search the will of God.
The same intuition is to be found in the Magnificat, words that St. Luke assigns to Mary:
“He has shown strength with his arm,
he has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts,
he has put down the mighty from their thrones,
and exalted those of low degree;
he has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich he has sent empty away.”
Her advent and her joy means waiting for God, who will finally bring justice and dignity to Earth, who will reverse the sinful logic of this world.
If we read this story with fresh sight, we will also see the revolutionary work of God that requires collaboration of free and courageous people. If we look closer to the nativity scene we will see a young couple, Mary and Joseph, who found courage, strength and liberty to respond to an unexpected call, to a task that was beyond any tradition and imagination. We will see a young woman, who trusted God in spite of everything – in spite of all probability, in spite of biology, convention, people’s expectations, perhaps in spite of her own idea of her future. She trusted and acted, even though she had to experience solitude, doubts, insecurity, and fatigue. In the nativity scene we will see a woman, on whom still no dogma has been pronounced, to whom no artwork has been dedicated, nor any church or chapel. We will see a young woman, who has just given birth to her son, distant from her family, from her home, without knowing what comes next. One who changed world history, because she believed that her vocation was so important and was to be followed completely.
On behalf of the whole Voices of Faith team, I would like to wish you a fortifying experience of Christmas this year. May it bring you hope that real peace and justice is possible, and give you strength and wisdom to always follow the voice of your conscience and to take the responsibility for your own vocation.
General Manager, Voices of Faith