The BBC for the last 3 days has been showing a new programme centred on the Nativity. It’s on at 7pm BBC1 as is truely a fabulous telling of the nativity story and tonight is the last installment. It’s been written by Tony Jordan who writes for Eastenders and truely shows the power of the story.
On Sunday I heard Tony Jordan being interviewed by Aled Jones – He described the story as ‘the singularly most beautiful story….WOW….’ He decribes the Shepherd as ‘getting the X factor appearance from the shepherd’s and Joseph only gets a dream….surely this should be the other way round….as he wrote this he got it – the Shepherd’s represent us….they represent me.’
All I can say is thank you for scripting this story in such a wonderful and beautiful way!
This is a must see youtube experience – shoppers were surprised when a flash mob started singing in the Food Court – The Hallelujah Chorus.
Some beautiful advent liturgy…
I love this poster it’s really eye catching and Nick Baines’s blog really makes you stop and think about it….
via Nick Baines’s Blog
Dear Reverend God,
Your private research commission has prepared its final report.
As chair person I must inform you that we are unanimously against your project and for the following reasons:
It’s dangerous for your son to become a human being:
he could be hungry, thirsty, suffer or even be killed.
But if you insist, we suggest a few changes and some delay:
Jesus must be born from a married woman:
nobody will believe the story of Mary and the angel.
Or he should appear on earth as an adult:
why waste all those growing up years?
Whether Jesus is a boy or a girl,
50% of the people will feel discriminated against.
The birth in the stable is ridiculous:
our commission prefers a palace.
Shepherds should be involved:
they are scorned even by the middle class.
Galilee is a remote province, little esteemed:
Jesus won’t find the right kind of apostles there.
Transportation system is too slow yet:
It’s a long walk from Nazareth to Jerusalem.
Sound systems don’t exist yet:
too few people will hear Jesus’ message.
But the most compelling reason against your plan
is that it has never been done before.
And God said:
Thanks to all the members of your commission.
You are very intelligent, and you have discovered very valuable reasons against my project.
But what do your hearts tell you?
Dear Reverend God,
You asked us for a study based on scientific facts and rational analysis.
The heart reasons were not part of our mandate.
You are the specialist about the love questions.
Good, said God.
I’m glad you feel like this.
Then, let’s go for it.
by Fr. Rene Fumoleau
What Christmas is all about…according to Peanuts…..
The Rebel Jesus by Jackson Brown
I came across this picture by Dave Walker…the Nativity.
This CartoonChurch.com cartoon by Dave Walker originally appeared in the Church Times.