How far off do we have to be if the celebration of a baby born in dirt and straw can be impacted by economic conditions?
We hear constantly that sales are down, spelling more gloom for the economy. NPR reported yesterday that Christmas tree sales are down 50% in some areas. Despite some hopeful signs, the Gallup Poll shows that people are not turning to faith -- or at least not coming to church -- to cope with their economic uncertainty and fear.
The most relevant thing we can say is to tell the world what the angel said to Mary, and to Elizabeth, and to the shepherds -- Do not be afraid! Just point to the miracle of God come to dirt and straw, moving into the neighborhood next to us, and worship.