I’ve only caught snatches of the BBCs Nativity, but two scenes interested me.
When Gabriel appears to Mary he doesn’t tell her the news. There are no words from on high here. No, no, that would be oppressive and authoritarian. Instead he invites Mary to look within to the Holy Spirit, and the Spirit gives her an experience of the truth. A very modern (or should that be ‘post-modern’) take on revelation.
And faith? Well the Magi (from a very brief viewing) seem pretty much in the dark about the whole thing. Only one of them has any kind of certainty about what they are seeking. And even he keeps his cards close to his chest. They seem a lot more sure about the astronomy than about the Child. And what really matters is the journey.
Now, back to preparing our own nativity…