by Elias Blum
You know that whole cutsy-pie oh-so-sweet baby-in-a-manger thing that’s so popular as a religiously-appropriate marketing ploy around this time of year? Well, the contemporary equivalent of the manger scene is a cardboard box in a dirty back street, with bin-men for shepherds.
A crucial part of the story of the nativity is that world will be saved by the lowly, the poor, the outsiders, the smelly and the despised. They will pull the mighty from their thrones. They will be first in the great process of restoring and redeeming the world – when the poor are filled with good things.
Let’s not lose sight of what thoroughly revolutionary documents the gospels are.
And a girl was the first to proclaim it. Quite magnificent.