As the Christmas season ticks towards Old Christmas, this beautiful summary of the message of the nativity narratives in the gospel by Leonardo Boff:
The Nativity tries to communicate to us that God is not a severe figure, with penetrating eyes to scrutinize our lives. God appears as a child. Not judgmental, but wanting only to be loved and to play.
The graphic is Bernardino Luini's "Christ Child and Infant John the Baptist" (ca. 1507-1532), from the National Gallery of Canada.