Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Only this year, the Christ-Child appears to have gone missing.
Santa's not missing.
The tree's not missing.
It's only the Christ-Child who can't be found in the Christ-Child Market. Consider this a missing-child alert!
For years, a private organization sponsored an almost-life-sized nativity scene in Daley Plaza, along the border of the market. I walked all around Daley Plaza this afternoon, and the only nativity scenes I saw were the beautiful images for sale in the German and Austrian booths.
What happened? Was the Nativity scene sponsor priced out of participation? Or were all religious groups politely excluded from this public forum? In previous years, a giant menorah and a kind of five-sided obelisk with descriptions of the Islamic "pillars" also appeared in the plaza around Christkindlmarket time.
It could very well be that Jesus has been disinvited to his own birthday party, perhaps under the banner of inclusivity. Rather than fight City Hall, maybe we need to recognize that this is the direction our society is moving in. That doesn't mean surrendering, though! It just means acknowledging that in the future, the only image of Christ will be us--or he will really not be present at all.