of the people
the angel said unto them: “Do not be afraid! I bring you good news that
great joy for all the people. Today in the city of David a Saviour has
been born to you: he is the Messiah, the Lord."
a shepherd said unto the angel: “Hold it right there, chum”.
And the angel did hold it, right there.
the shepherd said “In the current political climate you can’t seriously
expect that any proposal will cause great joy for all the people?”
the angel said, “Well…”
the shepherd did continue, as his question had in fact been rhetorical.
debating the options and even among this small and barely
cross-section of the Jewish agricultural working class there is a wide
unbridgeable range of opinions as to the way forward to a solution in
the search for an acceptable Messiah.”
angel said, “Go on”.
shepherd did point out his three colleagues.
here is a Zealot, all for us going it alone. Tell the Romans exactly
put their Empire. The Samaritans and the Greeks, they can go home too.
not just immigration reduced, but Israel wholly re-Jews-d”.
on the other hand, she’s a Rome-ainer. She thinks there are several
the Romans have, in fact, done for us.”
he's a social activist. No surrendering unto Caesar. He proposes an end
Augustus-erity and the scandal of babies having to sleep in feeding
wrapped in second-hand clothing.”
I think we need to remember who it was that sorted out Egypt
and the Philistines. Moses and King David,
that's my kind of good shepherd.
God on our side—and
a proper price for a sacrificial lamb."
a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, arguing
themselves about the merits of Purgatory as a time-limited backstop for
angel said again, loudly: “Today in the city of
David is born for you a
Saviour: he is the Messiah, the Lord!”
shepherd said: “You’re surely not going to say ‘He’s the only
Messiah!’? To please all of this lot you’d need to be a
agitator who sets families against one another, believes we're
but treats Romans and Samaritans equally, pays taxes but won’t accept
judgments of the courts, stands up for adulterers, pimps, scroungers
and lepers, resists all political
compromise and relentlessly attacks those in power for greed,
self-seeking hypocrisy. Anyone who did all that would be crucified.”
And the angel said unto them: “You will find the baby wrapped in cloths, and lying in a manger.”
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