LA CRÈCHE DE LA MAISON
La crèche de la maison : une maison que n’est plus une.
Des souvenirs d’enfance d’une ville bombardée et meurtrie se réveillent.
Ou, les pensées se tournent vers les photos bien préparées pour la télévision des régions en crise de notre époque.
Le mot de la crèche:
"… parce qu’il n’y avait pas de place pour eux …"
Luc 2, 7
s’adresse à ceux qui n’ont plus de place pour Jésus, comme les gens autrefois.
Nuremberg en automne 2000
As he entered Jerusalem Jesus said:
"...I tell you, if they (his disciples)
keep quiet, the very stones will cry out. ..."
Luke 19, 40
And the stones did cry out in Jerusalem and during the nights of bombing
in the 2nd World War. And they are still crying out in the wars, famines,
need, misery and discord of this world.
In all places where there is no word spoken about the God of Israel
and his only son. JESUS, the child in the manger, the lamb of God,
the man on the cross, the ressurected one:
"... Jesus Christ, his only son, our
Lord, ... sitting on the right hand of God the father almighty;
From thence he shall come to judge the living and the dead. ..."
The nativity figures:
The child lies safely in the garments, the lap of his mother. The
father drapes his cloak protectively around mother and child, just
as God, our father, does to us in our days.
The picture of Kurt Reuber "Madonna of Stalingrad", or
a song of the
1944 likewise in Russia missed Gerhardt Frit comes into the sense:
"All praise be to your faithfulness,
which every morning anew wraps us in the cloak of your love..."
La Madone de Stalingrad
On Christmas Eve 1942 the assistant medical director, Kurt Reuber,
a doctor of medicine, and theology prepared an unusual, evocative
and unforgettable Christmas gift for his comrades in the encircled
area of Stalingrad. It was a gift that would greatly aid them. The
men trooped into the bunker, which barely offered them protection
from the cold and gunfire, for their lonely Christmas celebration
under the shadow of death. Suddenly they stopped short, moved, full
of rapture and amazement in front of the picture of "a mother
gently cradling her new born within the folds of her wide cape".
This picture, sketched under great effort, with charcoal on the back
of a large map of Russia was soon known as the "Christmas Madonna
of Stalingrad". Under this name it has become well known worldwide.
The picture escaped from the "hollow or cauldron". The man
who created it however is, as with so many others, counted as missing
Picture: Copyright by: http://www.ingeb.org/ballads/madonna_.html