Monday, January 07, 2008

Malkam Genna Hulu!!!

Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.- yeMattewos Wangel 2:1-2 ( as translated by King James)

Zimbabwe is in a mess, but I think all Rastafarians cannot let that stop them from even a few minutes to reflect on the meaning of this day. We join Rastafarians around the world, and Orthodox Christians in celebrating the Feast of the Three Kings, also known to English-speakers as "Ethiopian Christmas".

Last year, I had the chance to explain in a local paper to Zimbabweans why we Rastafarians regard this day as sacred, and why we reject the Christmas Day of most other people. So, I am not going to do that again.

I am going to call on all Rastafarians to reflect on the meaning of this day; a celebration of the birth of our Lord and Saviour Iyesus Krestos, the forerunner of His Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie I. On this day, the three Kings did find the Infant Christ and His Mother, and paid homage to Him, bringing Him the same gifts that our Father Adam was first given as his first worldly goods.

After these things God said to Adam, "You asked Me for something from the garden, to be comforted therewith, and I have given you these three tokens as a consolation to you; that you trust in Me and in My covenant with you. For I will come and save you; and kings shall bring me when in the flesh, gold, incense and myrrh; gold as a token of My kingdom; incense as a token of My divinity; and myrrh as a token of My suffering and of My death. But, O Adam, put these by you in the cave; the gold that it may shed light over you by night; the incense, that you smell its sweet savor; and the myrrh, to comfort you in your sorrow." When Adam heard these words from God, he worshipped before Him. He and Eve worshipped Him and gave Him thanks, because He had dealt mercifully with them. Then God commanded the three angels, Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, each to bring what he had brought, and give it to Adam. And they did so, one by one. And God commanded Suriyel and Salathiel to bear up Adam and Eve, and bring them down from the top of the high mountain, and to take them to the Cave of Treasures. There they laid the gold on the south side of the cave, the incense on the eastern side, and the myrrh on the western side. For the mouth of the cave was on the north side. The angels then comforted Adam and Eve, and departed. The gold was seventy rods; the incense, twelve pounds; and the myrrh, three pounds. These remained by Adam in the Cave of Treasures. God gave these three things to Adam on the third day after he had come out of the garden, in token of the three days the Lord should remain in the heart of the earth. And these three things, as they continued with Adam in the cave, gave him light by night; and by day they gave him a little relief from his sorrow.- I Adam & Eve 31: 1-12

How I long for there to be a conducive environment in Zimbabwe for Rastafarian people to continue in the direction we had begun to chart around 1998 when the congregation of the Holy Sanctuary/Senaah/Ophir was revived. We would have plenty to celebrate then, and there would be plenty food, and freedom and security. I forsee those days returning imminently.

All Rastafarians, in Zimbabwe and elsewhere, this is a day of joy still- a joy that becomes more profound as the meaning becomes clearer. I pray that we will have more joy, and that our hearts and minds will be opened up to an even greater understanding. Yihun inji, amen.

As with previous occasions, I offered the fervent prayer that the next Genna, I will celebrate with a life-partner that will share its meaning.

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