This year the wise men and women can’t get into Bethlehem!
In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. Luke 2:8
Reading for Midnight Mass 2014
O little town of Bethlehem, how still we see thee lie!
Yes, all quiet here under brutal Israeli occupation
Above thy deep and dreamless sleep the silent stars go by.
Yes, and huge walls and stolen agricultural land
Yet in thy dark streets shineth the everlasting Light;
Blazing from Gilo and Har Homa, illegal settlements
The hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight.
For Christ is born of Mary…
The just fruit of a Palestinian womb
The holy seed of resistance shouts throughout Judea
“This shit’s got to stop!”
and from the Israeli Defense Forces, Happy Hanukkah