Dancing on the Head of a Pin

There is a legend of St Thomas Aquinas asking "How many angels can dance on the head of a pin?" At this blog we ask all questions dealing with our faith and spirituality. Some are down to earth, rubber meets the road questions, while others are more lofty...like, how many angels can dance on the head of a pin?

Monday, December 12, 2005

Wanna be a citizen of Bethlehem?

On December 3, Pope Benedict XVI was granted citizenship to Bethlhem as the first person to take part in the new Open Bethlehem initiative started by the city's mayor. According to a press release, over 400 Christian families have emigrated from Bethlehem. In recent times, Bethlehem has been in the middle of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, specifically the Church of the Nativity (the traditional spot of Christ's birth) was used as a "base" for Palestinian forces during a battle a couple of years ago. Trying to reverse the emigration, Bethlehem citizenship is open to you, if you are important and rich. It's website for Open Bethlehem doesn't say that in so many words but citizenship is granted
whether as a benefactor prepared to underwrite a specific initiative or an entrepreneur bringing wealth-creating opportunities to the city. The passport is also open to people of imagination and experience who can bring major events to a city that lives through its visitors
Or if you're not rich, you can just stay there a long time, too. Jesus had a hard time getting into Bethlehem too. Well, he got in okay, but finding a place to stay was difficult. His family wasn't rich or influential and they couldn't promise to stay a while. As Christians we are citizens of the Kingdom of God. For us citizenship is not reserved for those who can bring money to the church or those who can promote large events. Citizenship is open to those who want it. It is open to those who want to know God. Rich, poor, influential, or unknown, citizenship in the Kingdom of God offers more than a leather bound passport - it offers hope and life through the love of God.


Blogger St Michael's Episcopal Church said...

Some St Michael's News: our parishioner Jim Andrew has been confirmed by the US Senate to serve as the 16th Administrator of the USDA's Rurual Utilities Service. You can read about it as well as Sunday's sermon and the sermon from our celebration of St Nicholas at our website

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