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Faith Comment published in the Petersfield Post

21 December 2012: David Bee, St Mary Buriton

Forthcoming Births

It seems the whole world is fascinated at the prospect of William and Kate having a baby. Whilst Kate was in hospital (feeling pretty awful) a small army of photographers was camped outside, recording every arrival and departure. Manufacturers of souvenirs are gearing up for a windfall. There will be commemorative plates and mugs and t-shirts galore. The government has said it will ensure that the Succession rules are changed so that the baby will become third in line to the throne, whether it is a boy or a girl. The papers are searching for every possible new angle on the story. And yet it is true to say that this birth will not make a significant difference to our lives, will not change the way we look at the world or each other, will not alter the course of history.

On Christmas day we celebrate another birth. As St. John's gospel so beautifully puts it; 'The word became flesh and dwelt among us'. God intervened in human history and entered our messy, broken world. And he did this so that our lives can be changed, so that we can see the world in a different way. This birth did alter the course of history...

 

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