Friday, December 25, 2009

Christmas Prayer in a time of Nationalism and Xenophobia

I received this prayer, originally in French in the mail this week, finding it thoughtful and poignant for our world today:

Lord Jesus, you were born to a Jewish Mother.
Babylonians came to worship you.
You rejoiced in the faith of a Syrian woman
and that of a Roman centurion.
You welcomed the Greek pagans who came looking for you.
An African carried your cross.
Remind us that you came for every man, every woman.
And that it's for all of us, each one of us,
that you promised to make us capable of saying:
"Lord, I am one that follows you."

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