THOUGHT FOR CHRISTMAS DAY
Wednesday 25th December 2019
The whole Roman world had just been though some very long and some very bloody wars –
and one man had now emerged as lord and master of it all.
His name was Caesar Augustus, and he was the first Roman emperor to declare himself the son of god.
When people used the word Lord – they were referring to him and to him alone.
And so what Luke’s Christmas story is telling those people borders on political treason, so he’s really cautious – but his
message is clear: Caesar Augustus isn’t the real Lord and Saviour of the world – but a humble man named Jesus of Nazareth is.
So very subtly Luke compares the Lord Caesar born in a palace with the Lord Jesus born in a lowly manger.
Fr. Bill Wigmore