Look, the young woman is with child and shall bear a son,
Isaiah 7:14

When his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph … she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. Matthew 1:18

But you, O Bethlehem … from you shall come forth for me one who is to rule in Israel. Micah 5:2

In the time of King Herod, … Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea.
Matthew 2.4.

Now Israel loved Joseph more than any other of his children … But when his brothers saw that their father loved him more… they hated him and could not speak peaceably to him.
(Gen 37:3a-4)

“This is my Son, the Beloved, with whom I am well pleased”
(Matt. 3:17b)

it was out of jealousy that the chief priests had handed him over
(Mark 15:10)

People do not care how nobley they live, only how long, despite the fact that it is within everyone’s reach to live nobley, but within no one’s reach to live long.


“It was a few minutes before the eleventh hour of the
eleventh day of the eleventh month. I stood at the window
of my room looking up Northumberland Avenue towards
Trafalgar Square, waiting for Big Ben to tell that the War
was over…
“And then suddenly the first stroke of the chime. I looked
again at the broad street beneath me. It was deserted.
From the portals of one of the large hotels absorbed by
Government Departments darted the slight figure of a girl
clerk, distractedly gesticulating while another stroke of
Big Ben resounded. Then from all sides men and women
came scurrying into the street. Streams of people poured
out of all the buildings. The bells of London began to

Winston S. Churchill, 11 November 1918 in Winston S.
Churchill, volume IV World in Torment 1916-1922, by Sir
Martin Gilbert.

One short sleep past, we wake eternally
And death shall be no more; Death, thou shalt die.

John Donne, “Death, be not proud”.

Nothing changes in the world of politics:

“The world today is ruled by harassed politicians absorbed in getting into office or turning out the other man so that not much room is left for debating great issues on their merits”

“The Wicked Wit of Winston Churchill”, compiled by Dominique Enright.