A Vatican astronomer presents various theories about the Star of Bethlehem - but should we be preoccupied with calculations and planetary conjunctions?
For many people, Christmas Day marks the end of a hectic few weeks of festivities; for the Church, however, it is the beginning of the celebration that we prepare for throughout Advent. But why, asks Philip Endean SJ, do we anticipate anew the coming of Christ each year? Perhaps we should think of Christmas itself as a time of expectation.
The BBC's 2010 dramatisation of the Nativity offers a very moving interpretation of the Virgin birth and of Joseph’s acceptance, in faith, of his role in it.
The familiar imagery of Christmas helps us to capture, as best we can, our understanding of God becoming man – but how can we grasp the wonder of the birth of Jesus through what can often seem like a trivial celebration? Philosopher, Gerard J. Hughes SJ invites us to find, in the pictures on our Christmas cards and the presentation of our cribs, something of both the simplicity and the mystery of the Incarnation, for which our words are inadequate.
As Mary and Joseph’s testing journey to Bethlehem nears its end in the penultimate episode of BBC One’s The Nativity, the Magi are undertaking their own perilous journey to the same destination. Nathan Koblintz finds much to be admired in the characters and dialogue of these learned figures, and thinks that their wonderings provide a valuable contrast to the very human aspects of Tony Jordan’s take on the story.
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