December 25, 2023
Luke 2: 15-20
The scriptures for the Fourth Sunday of Advent remind me that Mary and Joseph were a homeless family standing outside the inn on that cold night with nowhere to go. When Jesus was born, he was homeless in a stable because “there was no room for them in the inn.” Imagine for a moment how Mary and Joseph felt. They were facing an uncertain future, they might have been stressed knowing their child, “our soon to be Savior” will be born, but where?
During my years as the Director of Our Daily Bread, I was privileged to interact with poor, homeless, unemployed, and under-employed people living on the fringe of our communities. They are people who have experienced enormous challenges that unraveled their lives. My daily interactions were with people of God who are gracious, kind, generous, grateful, peaceful, and so much more. The conversations we had as they waited to be served often focused a strong belief that God is with all of us. Despite their current situation, they spoke to me about Jesus being close at hand, and having faith that sees them through each day.
Today, we often villainize the homeless and the poor; we look at them as some other worldly being. What can we learn from these scriptures when we stop to reflect on the wisdom of our “good God” to introduce His only son to our world as a “homeless child?”
The scriptures tell us, “All who heard the message were amazed by what had been told them by the shepherds. And Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart.”
“Jesus came to show the world that all people are God’s children.” We are invited every day to “see with new eyes” the people who walk through our lives.
Luke 2: 15-20
When the angels went away from them to heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go, then, to Bethlehem to see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.” So they went in haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the infant lying in the manger. When they saw this, they made known the message that had been told them about this child. All who heard it were amazed by what had been told them by the shepherds. And Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart. Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, just as it had been told to them.
The Gospel of the Lord
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