Christmas fading in the Holy Lands

The silencing of the good news

I recall vividly our time with Palestinian Christians in the Holy Land, living in the shadow of Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait and the commencement of Iraqi shelling of Israel.

I was deeply saddened at the way Palestinian Christians were being treated as ‘the enemy’ by the Israeli military forces and being treated with, at best, caution by Muslim Palestinians. Palestinian Christians were ‘caught in the middle’! This forms part of the tragedy of Christians in the Holy Land and indeed in the Middle East.

Could it be true that the places that Jesus the Nazarene lived and ministered will become bereft of living communities of his disciples?

My full reflection, Christmas fading in the Holy Lands in the December Tasmanian Anglican magazine.

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