One of the images the Christian tradition has of political power meeting God’s kingdom is that of the three kings. We sometimes compare political leaders to Herod or Caesar. That reflects our distrust, our disillusion, and our fear of political power. But try to imagine Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin, and Theresa May kneeling at the manger, bringing their gifts and tools of power to the birthplace of justice, mercy, peace and love. To imagine such a symbol would be looking for something optimistic, even miraculous, but we are in faith called to pray for miracles and to hope for them.
Imagine, too, that you and I are called to kneel with them at that birthplace of justice, mercy, peace and love, bringing the gifts of ourselves, our hopes, fears and faith, and ready to return to our own work and community and put them into practice.
Read more in the latest edition of the Church's magazine White Rose, available this Sunday, 4 December.