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Enter Deeply into the Christmas Tradition and Season

The infancy narratives of Jesus are structured narratives that result from his disciples reflecting on Jesus' life, death, and resurrection for 40 or 50 years, and contain all of the elements of his life, ministry, and mission. "The Holy Spirit, angels, stars and dreams point to the divinity of Jesus," reflects Catherine Maresca, founder and director of the Center for Children and Theology, while "his family, the stable, and swaddling point to his humanity. His humble circumstances, in stark contrast to Herod's, point to the nature of the kingdom of God, while the shepherds and foreigners who visit him proclaim its universality." What it is not, is cute. These stories invite hearers to enter into the mystery of the faith in Jesus Christ, and lead believers to wonder about Jesus' earthly life and to ponder how he is incarnate in our lives. Maresca's reflection is a good discussion starter for church communities and study groups seeking a deeper encounter with the Christmas holiday season. Also explore our resource article, "On the Meaning of Worship and its Relationship to Culture," and our feature article, "Resources for Advent and Christmas."

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