Since Christmas illustrates how God sides with the poor in order to liberate the oppressed from poverty and injustice, it calls us to reject greed, give away our money and possessions to those in need, and also live in solidarity with the disenfranchised. Christmas pushes us to stand on the margins of society, where we will find God.
Christmas announces that every human being is a beloved son and daughter of the God of love. Every human life is beautiful in the eyes of God, since God has become one of us. From now on, we reject exclusivity, racism, sexism, and discrimination of any kind, and embrace everyone as equal. We stand on the margins with the excluded, the marginalized, the outsiders and outcasts. From there, we envision a new reconciled humanity.
--John Dear SJ
photo 1: the central plaza of El Paso, TX
photos 2-3: farmworker family children
photo 4: a Border orphan child and orphanage caretaker/Madonna & Child Border-style
Wishing you peace and joy!