Thursday, December 5, 2013

Christmas in Bethlehem and Lampedusa

by Pedro Casaldáliga (English translation by Rebel Girl)
Religión Digital
December 5, 2013

"There is no room for them" still,
neither in Bethlehem nor in Lampedusa.

Is Christmas an irony?
If your "Kingdom is not of this world",
what are you doing here,
subversive party pooper?

To be God-with-us,
you must dwell in helplessness,
with the poor of the Earth,
like this, small, like this,
stripped of all glory,
with no power but failure,
no place but death,
but knowing that the Kingdom
is your Father's dream
and our dream too.

There is still Christmas,
in the Peace of Hope,
in lives shared,
in struggle and solidarity,
Kingdom within, Kingdom within!

Christmas 2013
New Year's Day 2014
Pedro Casaldáliga

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