another year has stripped
the leaves, like misconceptions, from the trees;
last page of the kitchen calendar
prepares to drop, announcing the advent
that season when, according to good scholarship,
Jesus couldn't have been born. The resurrection
on the other side of winter, and in
this month that asks for no apologies
winds of daily living have laid bare
the root and branches of our faith—what
that remains when it has shed
all that's deciduous, its stark wooden
raised against the backdrop of this grey,
late-century, turbulent post-Christian sky?
that season when...Jesus couldn't have been born It is unlikely that Jesus was born in the winter. Luke and Matthew's accounts give no direct clue, other that the grazing of sheep outdoors. It has been argued that this was not unlikely in a mild Palestinian winter.