I don’t have the nerve to stand up on Christmas Eve and preach about the choreography of childbirth, but I wish I did. I wish I had the nerve to preach about Mary’s increased estrogen production, a few days before birth (estrogen that will soften her cervix, and help her blood coagulate after delivery). I wish I had the nerve to preach about Mary’s and Jesus’ pituitary glands producing oxytocin, which in turn allows Mary’s contractions to accelerate.
Christmas | Nativity of the Lord (Year C)
There are many ways we receive the gift of Jesus badly. Luke’s insistence on Jesus’ Jewish lineage points to one: we receive the gift and insist that it be withdrawn from the first recipients.