We are more than halfway through our Posada for this year. Advent is a bit shorter this time because the fourth Sunday falls on Christmas Eve, as close to Christmas day as it could be. When December 25 was chosen as the date to celebrate the birth of Christ it was not because it was thought to be the actual date that Jesus was born. It was the time when pre-Christian people were celebrating the new birth of the sun. Christians who believed Jesus to be the true light of the world thought it would be a good time to celebrate his birth. The first official mention of December 25 as a holiday honouring Jesus’ birthday appears in an early Roman calendar from 336 A.D.
We will never know the precise date that Jesus was born, but that doesn’t matter. We just need to celebrate that he did come into this world, and he brought the light of God’s love with him.
‘The people walking in darkness have seen a great light’ Isaiah 9:2
Mary and Joseph have travelled to Bishopstone where they will be well cared for.