Wednesday, December 15, 2004

December 15, 2004

Where We Must Believe Gustavo Gutierrez
"It is often said at Christmas that Jesus is born into every family and every heart. But these “births” must not make us forget the primordial, massive fact that Jesus was born to a humble woman among a little people dominated by what was the greatest empire of the age. If we forget that fact, Christ’s birth becomes an abstraction, a symbol, a cipher…. It is in the concrete setting and circumstances of our lives that we must learn to believe: under oppression and repression but also amid the struggles and hopes; under dictatorships that sow death among the poor, and under the “democracies” that often deal just as unjustly with their needs and dreams.
If we are to dwell in the tent the Son has pitched in our midst, we must enter into our own history here and now, and nourish our hope on the will to life that the poor of today’s world are demonstrating. If we do so, we shall experience in our flesh the encounter with the Word who proclaims the kingdom of life."

Source: "Watch for the Light" From "The Daily Dig" of

1 comment:

Nightwoodkitty said...

Along those lines, I recommend the book "Mountains Beyond Mountains" by Tracey Kidder, about the life and work of Dr. Paul Farmer. Farmer is a genius and an infectious disease doctor who acknowledges God's "preferential option for the poor."

Note to readers: it is a page turner, taking you from Haiti, to Peru, to Siberia, to Boston, with a daughter- of-a-movie-star girlfriend thrown in for interest.