The Jesus birth story is the story and celebration of EVERY one of us! It is an ancient story that holds the truth of human being in hidden corners so that the light of truth cannot be denied or suppressed in darkness. Here we look anew at that sacred ancient story.
Some say we choose our lives before being born. The ancient Christmas story has Jesus doing just that, choosing to be born into poverty, yet receiving the acclaims of royalty by kings and divinity by angels. Not a contradiction in Jesus’ life or ours! No matter how rich the family we are born into, all of us are born vulnerable and in need of help–poor. Yet we are also born with inestimable (human-divine) worth and potential. The kings, shepherds, and relatives who recognize this come bearing gifts to honor our birth.
Like Jesus, we are all born to save the world by dying. That dying starts on day 1. There is no living that excludes dying, except in our imagination. This dying which saves the world is as much about everyday living as it is about physical passing. Everyday we face the death of endings in order to embrace new beginnings. The dying or letting go that every next step calls forth from us…this is the dying that saves the world!
The Christmas story of ancient tradition is everyone’s story of life beginning. It tells of how we need to listen to our inner voice, how we need to protect ourselves and each other from the devious intrusion of domination over our lives (Herod’s attempt to kill off the child). This ancient yet modern warning is an important reminder that we are born to be more than slaves to greed or domination that promises us security it can never deliver.
The Christmas story is our story–the honoring of our equality with God–equality of holiness which is God’s gift to us. No mature parent gives life witholding equal worth and dignity to its child. Only a sickly narcissistic parent would want its offspring to be a creature of less worth than itself. The Christmas story holds the ancient and sacred belief that God is NO such sickly parent! Each development of the ancient Christmas story preserved the reality that we are “of God,” born of God like Jesus–not born of some composite of good and evil, not born of lower or less worth than our brother Jesus.
This ancient but new understanding of the Jesus birth story doesn’t claim we are God any more than Trinity doctrine claims that the Son is the Father. Yet we are of divine word and worth made flesh..each and every one of us–NO exclusions! When we realize this, the whole superior/inferior domination system crumbles under the light that shone on the stable in the Bethlehem story, our story. When we remember the common divine origin of all human beings, then the “Kindom” of Peace on Earth will surely come!