THE MIRACLE of the shepherds is not just that they came, but that they were invited in and treated as neighbours, not strangers. Poor farm hands, outcasts from polite Jewish society, and strange astrologers from other religions and cultures. This incarnation, this breaking through of the divine other into our midst, and the tiny breaking out of peace and acceptance that it brought, became possible when a young girl loved God enough to believe, and loved herself enough to accept that gift”

Other: Loving Self, God and Neighbour in a World of Fractures, by Kester Brewin