by Theresa Stephenson
As my stomach is heavy with rich dinners in the holiday spirit and my wallet is lighter after indulging my loved ones with presents, it’s easy to forget the roots of Christmas –the birth of Jesus Christ.
As a Christian I believe that the Saviour came in a surprising way. He didn’t come strong and independent, as one would expect. He entered human life as we all do, at the moment of His conception. Like us, He spent approximately nine months in the womb before His birth in Bethlehem. He came as a baby boy. He put aside divine power and contented Himself to lie vulnerably in a manger, utterly dependent on Mary and Joseph for His day-to-day needs.
Regardless of whether or not you believe in Jesus Christ it is startling to think that any faith would believe that God would humble Himself to live with them in this way, enduring the frailties and pains of humanity.
Considering the infant Jesus during Christmas, we can reflect on His dependency on His earthly parents, Mary and Joseph. Simply put, He humbled Himself to be dependant on parents because that is our human experience.
Each of us was conceived, grew in our mother’s womb, and were born. We were held in our mother’s arms, fed by her, diaper-changed by her, and so on. Indeed, in our infancy, we did nothing ourselves. Always we passively received life-giving nourishment and comforting care. Not to mention that it was out of love that our mothers did all these things for us, in spite of the crying, pooping, helpless messes that we were.
This relationship between mother and child shows us the power of a mother’s love and a child’s trust. But today in Canada this necessary and beautiful relationship is disparaged. Without limitation and for any reason a mother may chose to end the life of her child at any time during the pregnancy. We live in a culture that values “reproductive rights” over human life.
As we pause to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ this Christmas season, let’s remember all those babies whose lives have been ended by abortion. And as we consider the tender motherhood of Mary, let’s remember all those mothers who suffer the pain of past abortions.
It’s easy to be distracted by the food and presents of Christmas, but the heart of this holiday reminds me of both the frailty and inherent dignity of every individual human being. That’s where rubber hits the road for me. Person-by-person we can encourage Canadians to cherish the bond between mother and child. In this way, we may build a culture of life that promotes and protects dignity of every human being.