This is from The Brilliance.
Some may find it offensive, but the story of the birth and childhood of of Jesus was anything but peaceful. It would be easy to write additional verses to this song, lyrics dealing with hunger, homelessness, and exclusion. The ability to hear the contemporary truth of scripture through careful and faithful contextualization--ancient and modern--transforms people and systems.
May we have ears to hear.
Like far too many children today, violence, discrimination, fear, poverty and life "on the run" characterized the earliest experiences of this special baby.
As we worship the Christ child, may we really see him in the children who suffer today, near and far.