By Ogova Ondego
Published December 25, 2012
The publisher and staff of ArtMatters.Info wish their readers and their loved ones a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a Prosperous 2013. On this day of joy, the 2012th birthday of Jesus Christ, ArtMatters.Info shares ‘The Gentile Messiah’, a poem taken from Stories from Life, an anthology of stories and poems (ISBN 9789966706928) published by ComMattersKenya of Nairobi, Kenya, in 2011):
After having waited for four millenia
They had forgotten his identity
Some looked for a priestly messiah
Some looked for a political deliverer
Some thought he would be a prince
Some thought he would be a pre-existing supernatural judge
The majority thought his origin would be unknown
When he did come they rejected him
For what messiah could come from Nazareth? Be born in a Bethlehem cave?
Be visited and honoured by the despised shepherds?
Could anything good come from “Galilee of the Gentiles”?
God had chosen to shame the world’s ‘wise’ and ‘mighty’
By using what they considered foolish, despicable, and worthless
Jesus Christ was born to an adolescent peasant girl
In a West-occupied Third World
Humanity had anxiously waited for him
Only to snub him when he did come.
Other Christmas-related stories in the 56-page anthology include ‘Christmas in my Village’, ‘The First Christmas’, ‘The Princess in Tatters’ and ‘The Ungrateful Squatters’.