Christmas is a celebration that brings together materialism and spirituality. It is Pagan, Christian and Secular in perhaps equal measure. It’s central figure, Jesus is recognised as the Messiah of Christianity and as a prophet of Islam, Many Hindus consider him to be an avatar while Buddhists recognised him as a Buddha. As much as some of us may bemoan the materialism of the season it does after all signify the intersection of the spiritual with the material, of the mysterious with the mundane and the paradox of celebration in the midst of poverty and danger. That’s my sermon and here’s one from Bishop Spong.
And now for something completely different … let me share this irreverent but affectionate picture of Jesus: