Birthday parties for family members are most often special events—the candles, the cake, the presents, and then the pictures. Years later we trot out the pictures to remember the young face that has changed.
Sometimes we skip birthdays unless they mark another decade of life: 70, 80, 100 might be special birthdays to celebrate.
What about 2020? Yes, I want to pause and celebrate the birth of my Brother Jesus. We might celebrate a couple of years different from what the calendar says. Some suggest that he was born in 4 B.C.
But the date doesn’t really matter. What matters is that he was born. He entered the world like all of us, even if his conception was a miracle and the circumstances remarkable. Flesh and blood, born of the virgin Mary—we confess and repeat the story of his birth each year. For these 2020-plus years, we still mark the event.
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Author: John A. Braun
Volume 107, Number 12
Issue: December 2020