SPIRITUALITY

Imagining the infant Christ

I couldn’t sleep. It was a cold and cozy December night. Maybe I ate too many cookies. Or had a list that wouldn’t stop unrolling itself in my head. All I know is I was awake. I left my husband snoring deeply in our bed, curled up on the living room couch with the remote and searched for something to watch on television.

Let us adore on our knees the Bread that came down from heaven

In the son of the Virgin, “wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger” (Luke 2:12), we acknowledge and adore the “bread that came down from heaven” (John 6:41, 51). When the Messiah comes to earth to give life to the world, he is born in Bethlehem, which means “house of bread” in Hebrew. He sleeps in a manger used to feed cattle. His mission is evident: to feed us. He will later say, “I am the bread of life” (John 6:35, 48).

From the Editor - December 2020

Merry Christmas? In this season of COVID, maybe not. Too many have lost their lives or livelihoods. Perhaps we’re isolated from friends and family, missing the usual festivities.