Second Sunday : Peace

The prophet Micah, a contemporary of Isaiah says

“. . . But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, Though you are small among the clans of Judah, Out of you will come for me. One who will become the ruler over Israel, Whose origins are from old, From day of eternity. He will stand and the shepherd his flock. In the strength of the LORD, in the majesty of the name of the LORD his God. And they will live securely, for then his greatness will reach the ends of the earth an he will be their peace . . .” (Micah 5:2,4,5a)
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not afraid. ” (John 14:27)

The journey from Galilee to Bethlehem takes several days on foot. There is no indication that Joseph had a donkey for Mary to ride upon. They arrive to find that there was “…no room for them in the inn.” Many have speculated that the inn keeper took pity upon them and found them a dry sheltered place where the animals were kept. We glean this from the reference to the manger. What we know is the baby Jesus is born, angels proclaim the news to some shepherds who had the night shift and, being inexperienced in angelic visitations, decide to come and see for themselves. It seem so extravagant for angels to come to shepherd and so absurd that the parents take refuge in a barn. He is tucked away where only a cadre of irresponsible workmen (who leave their sheep) seek him out. Can you see him? Come close. Mary smiles and moves back the cloth from his face; behold, “He is Christ, the Lord!” They look upon him and leave rejoicing. Jesus comes to us, not as a baby but as the Savior.

Will you make room?

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