Bethlehem has opened Eden

Daily Reading for December 25 • The Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ

Bethlehem has opened Eden:

Come, let us see!

We have found joy hidden!

Come, let us take possession of the paradise within the cave.

There the unwatered stem has appeared,

from which forgiveness blossoms forth!

There the undug well is found

from which David longed to drink of old!

There the Virgin has borne a child,

and at once the thirst of Adam and David is made to cease.

Therefore let us hasten to this place

where for our sake the eternal God was born as a little child!

From Ikos of the Nativity of the Lord, quoted in Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture: New Testament III, Luke, edited by Arthur A. Just, Jr. (Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity Press, 2003).

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