Friday, December 25, 2015
Mother and Child
SITTWE, MYANMAR 6/5/2015
A 12-year-old Rohingya girl held her undernourished brother in a squalid camp. Persecution forced thousands of Rohingya to flee the country. Tomas Munita for The New York Times
I realize that this is a sister and brother, but for me it is a "mother and child" Nativity image for the 21st century. We are aware of the millions of people around the world who are on the move as migrants and asylum seekers and refugees. This Christmas, like no other in recent memory we read the story of the flight of Jesus' family to Egypt as a reminder that the One we call Saviour and Friend was a child refugee himself.
Here is a piece from Citizens for Public Justice about the refugees in our midst this Christmas. In the face of those who spout of the erosion of "Canadian values" we must uphold principles of justice and compassion. For those of us who are followers of Christ this commitment is essential.
Christ be with you and those you love this day.