The events we celebrate this Christmas season cover the spectrum of human experiences that are familiar in our world of 2017.
The flight of the holy family from Bethlehem to Egypt and the circumstance that led to that situation reminds us all of the plights of people the world over. Migrants, refugees and people displaced by natural events are brought to mind on reflection on The Flight into Egypt. We have seen their faces and we have heard their stories.
According to the UN Secretary-General António Guterres, globally at least 65.6 million people have been forcibly displaced -1 of every 113 members of the human family — have been forcibly displaced within their own countries or across borders.
“I believe we can and must find a way through, based on a humane, compassionate, people-centred approach that recognizes every individual’s right to safety, protection and opportunity.”
– UN Secretary-General António Guterres, 20 September 2017
In celebrating the story of the holy family on Christmas Day, themselves refugees, may we determine to keep alight the candlelight of compassion and hospitality for all who seek shelter, welcome and security.
As we watch this reflection on the first Christmas, may we be reminded of the gifts of Christmas: peace and joy and light in the darkness. We invite you to join us in prayer that all people may experience these gifts.
“History, drama, hope, joy, bemusement and deep mystery are all part of the Christmas story in our liturgical celebrations. And are not these elements part of the sacred stories of our lives as well? Every element in the story of Jesus also belongs to us.” CHA Video reflection
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