Daily Meditation Guides for Advent
Week 3: Jesus Was a Nobody
This week’s meditation guides on the theme of “Jesus Was a Nobody” are based on the following Scriptures:
Isaiah 61:1-11, Psalm 103:1-5, Philippians 2:5-11, Luke 4:16-29, Matthew 25:40-45,
II Corinthians 5:19, John 1:10-12
Jesus Was a Nobody
Read Luke 2:7 and Luke 4:16-19
In The Boston Globe on December 19, 1995, columnist James Carroll drew upon the writings of Hans Kung and John Dominic Crossan to explain that part of the purpose of the Christmas story was to make
“a concise statement that God’s alliance is with the poor. Lordship belongs not to the emperor or governor, but to an unknown child of dubious parentage. The values of the prevailing order are reversed. Jesus is born as a nobody….”
A newscast reported on the increased number of homeless families, often consisting only of mothers and their children. Yet, the shelter worker commented, the babies don’t know not to smile!
Mary and Joseph found themselves in a stable, having very little in the way of resources to prepare for the birth of the Christ: A stable: dirty, drafty, smelly. A manger lined with hay that had been slobbered on by farm animals and beasts of burden.
And I think of Jesus, lying in that manger in that smelly stable, bringing the light and life of God with him. And today he comes again, even in those homeless babies, bringing light and life and hope from God.
Meditation: Perhaps Jesus was born and cared for in that smelly stable to prove that Christ can be born and nurtured even in my dirty, messy life. Christ comes to nobodies like me. “O holy Child of Bethlehem, descend to me, I pray; cast out my sin, and enter in, be born in me today…. O come to me, abide with me, my Lord Emmanuel!”