“And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen His glory, the glory of a Father’s only Son, full of grace and truth” – John 1:14
In recent years I have become rather dependent on using aids on my computer for obtaining driving directions, and, if necessary, making arrangements for lodgings, meals, etc. I would therefore find it daunting to undertake the trip Joseph and his pregnant wife Mary were facing. It is estimated that the trip from Nazareth to Bethlehem would take from seven to ten days traveling on foot. Upon completing this arduous journey, they were then faced with the lack of suitable lodging, especially for someone in Mary’s condition. And so, we find ourselves gathering around the humblest of all possible shelters to witness the event that will truly alter the course of history.
We read in Sacred Scripture that this remarkable happening was witnessed by a few shepherds and, in contrast, some educated scholars, referred to as Wise Men or Magi. As a youth I recall when we would set up our creche each year we would have both of these groups represented simultaneously, but that would be unlikely. The point we should draw from this narrative is that Christ had come to our world in order to save all people, regardless of class or social position. Therefore, it would seem to me, that it is incumbent upon all Christians everywhere, as well as all people of “good will” to endeavor tirelessly to spread the message of Christmas!
Lord, may the blessings of Christmas come upon and remain with all of us throughout the coming year! Amen.
Brother Paul LaBelle, C.F.X.