Consider this – Jesus was not born into our world to hang on a cross at the front of the church sanctuary, to adorn the wall with art, or to be worshipped from afar with incantations and prayers. Mary did not birth him so that the world could bow at her feet in front of the manger in marvel and adoration. God did not send him so that mankind could write scriptures and hymns praising him about this time every year. Jesus is not just another festive reason to celebrate once a year. He is meant to become “our work, our being and our personhood.” Richard Rohr
We all were meant to be mothers of Jesus. We were designed to endure the birthing pains of the changes required to be men and women walking the walk of humans transformed by God’s love, tolerance and compassion. We are to be manifestations of the human whose birth we celebrated yesterday.
Celebrate, yes. Adore, yes. But, that is not enough, is it? When we accept our responsibility as contemporary nurturers of Christ, we also assume the power to change history, society, and all relationships. Don’t put Jesus up on the shelf for another year to collect dust. It’s just another Bible story when this birth is left on the pages of Scriptures and not incorporated into everyday living.