Some thoughts from Prior Andrew as we prepare for Christmas:

We are all familiar with the story of the birth of Jesus: we are comfortable with it, and it forms part of the romantic furniture of our religious consciousness. But if we are to see theĀ nativity-icon-4 as having any relevance for our daily lives, comfortable is the last thing we should be feeling. The neatly packaged story of the Gospel, and the sanitised version we encounter in popular mythology, do not record the physical pain and blood of the birth, nor the smell of animal excrement and methane around the byre, nor the fear inherent in bringing new life to birth in a country under armed occupation. Continue reading Some thoughts from Prior Andrew as we prepare for Christmas: