Inviting Outsiders to the Table
As we listen to the Christmas story we realize that God gives good news first to the outsiders. Shepherds (literally outside) are approached by angelic visitors and told to go see what has happened. Mary and Joseph welcome them to the birthing suite (outside the home, with the animals). Magi, astrologers from the East (outsiders to the faith) discern an important astrological sign and begin a journey toward the Christ Child. For all of us who feel like outsiders, God sends messengers inviting us to come and see.