In southern Australia the agape lily blooms in December. Eros sets the scene in the Christmas stories, the need to make a census of every body, Herod’s insatiable desire for everything, our self-interested survival. While the scenes themselves are miracle plays of agape. A young woman selflessly gives herself to the unknown good. Shepherds go spontaneously, without question, to see what’s going on here. Way-out people act unconditionally, giving peculiar gifts God actually gave them first. The Jews who wrote these Greek stories weren’t splitting hairs. Someone showed them how to surrender and love others purely for who they are.