It strikes me as strange that in the midst of soldiers, guns, checkpoints, detentions and humiliations, in the face of the occupation and all its flagrant dehumanization of the Palestinians, I have come to see the occupation’s spotlight illuminating the beauty of Jesus’ incarnation.
Call it a curious cause and effect.
The occupation degrades, pushes the vulnerability buttons in human nature: anger, rage, intense sadness, a temptation to hopelessness, a fierce need to survive, and to protect.
The incarnation, on the other hand, celebrates life, lifts up human nature, elevates all that is possible for human beings to be for the other: service, sacrifice for the welfare of the other, thinking well of oneself and of one’s body with all its amazing functions, including its eyes on the world.
The joyous proclamation of our Christian incarnational faith makes all that is truly human both beautiful and profoundly holy.
Jesus enjoyed his humanity and upheld the dignity of all. He experienced and preached about everyday aspects of life: the birds, the flowers, bread and wine, and sickness.
I shall be here in the West Bank for Christmas this year. The contrasts I see intensify my desire to work diligently to undo occupation through media, through friends, through writing.
The reality here pushes me to celebrate passionately, to give generous thanks for Jesus, Emmanuel.
This real incarnational faith sustains, leads all Christians to live life abundantly, to work for justice and to open the doors for those denied their humanity.