Andrew Micklefield – December 3, 2019 Private Member Statement on The Spiritual Meaning of Christmas
In the coming weeks, as well as being a time of giving and receiving gifts, Christmas will offer spiritual meaning for those celebrating the gift of Jesus Christ.
The coming of Christ as a baby reinforces the inherent value of children, no matter their socio-economic status or location. When sincere care for children is mingled with faith, our hearts become tender and transformed as we serve those who are helpless without us.
The birth of Christ in an animal stable reminds us that our greatest gifts often come through obscurity and humility and so we are prone to miss them or dismiss them as inconvenience.
That Christ was born to a teenage mother shows how inexperienced people can find themselves entrusted with significance to bless a cynical yet needy world.
The presence of peasant-shepherds, wealthy wisemen, of prayerful observers and political despots reveals that Christ came for all who would receive him, irrespective of their economic, social or religious status.
Centuries later these themes are replayed and re-lived by those who in the name of Christ care for children, assist the marginalized, seek for truth, welcome the stranger and make room in their lives, wallets and schedules when it is easier not to.
Madam Speaker, amidst the gifts given and received this Christmas, may we receive the gift of Christ and remember the words of the angels, “Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace and good will to all.”
I wish every member of this House a Merry Christmas.