Christmas observes the birth of Jesus of Nazareth, who became one of the world’s great spiritual teachers. He reportedly said “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ The King will reply, ’I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me’” (Matthew 25:37-40, NIV).

If I understand the spirit of this teaching correctly, the U.S. government is on partial shutdown because our President Donald Trump insists that a wall be built to protect this country from the “threat” of diverse faces of… Jesus.

Think (and feel) about that a little. I hate to “politicize” a religious holiday, but I think the purpose of such holidays is to focus on spiritual teachings, so we can integrate them into our thoughts and daily life. Verily, I’m just sayin’ unto you.

Roger Niesen

Crescent City