A Political Nativity in the Nation’s Capital

In early December, the streets of Capitol Hill are briefly transformed into a first century Middle Eastern scene as robed people march through the streets with sheep, donkeys and camels. A “live nativity,” this annual event started in 2010 to enact the...

Photo or Portrait? How to Discern the Real Jesus

News reports on the new book by Pope Benedict XVI on the infancy narratives of Jesus observe that he “debunks” some of the traditions associated with the nativity stories, such as animals in the stable and angels singing to the baby Jesus. It is easy to...

Looking at Christmas Through a Different Lens

Looking at the world through the lens of Bethlehem’s manger can make every birth a Christmas, and every life an incarnation. Several years ago, a student responded to a class discussion of the birth accounts in Matthew and Luke, the relatively late and rather...

Roaches and Rats: A Nativity Reflection

I must have been about three years old when this image was burned into my mind, and probably it will be the last thing I recall when I lay on my death bed as an old man. The ceiling was moving. As I focused on what was causing this illusion, I noticed that it...