December 22nd, 2010
Have you ever wondered how Mary and Joseph might have felt having to spend the night in a stable with animals versus being able to stay in a room at the Inn when they knew that the Son of God would soon be born to them? Have you ever wondered why Jesus had to be born in a stable instead of a palace? After all, he is the Son of God; shouldn’t He be born in a palace with servants all around Him?
I believe Jesus was born in a stable because God knew humanity needed to recognize and understand that even the Son of God, Jesus Christ, was able to relate to all people. Jesus Christ was and is able to relate to even the least and lowly among us; the rejected and despised, the sick, the hungry, the naked, those in prison, the homeless, the oppressed, the stranger, the widow and the orphan. Sure, God could have ensured that His Son would be born in a palace but instead He allowed His Son to be born in a lowly stable. God allowed His Son to experience the human condition.
Many in society today are homeless, hungry, oppressed and orphaned and they are in need of knowing and understanding God’s grace and peace. We can share the grace and peace of God through allowing others into “our world” and allowing ourselves to be touched by the hurt and pain that others are experiencing. It is through helping those in need, even the least and lowly among us, that we can experience the peace that only God can give us during this Christmas Season.
“Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” (Luke 1:14; NIV, 2010)
Make Me An Instrument of Your Peace (Prayer)
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love,
Where there is injury, pardon
Where there is doubt, faith,
Where there is despair, hope,
Where there is darkness, light,
Where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much
seek to be consoled as to console,
not so much to be understood as to understand,
not so much to be loved, as to love;
for it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
it is in dying that we awake to eternal life.
~St. Francis of Assisi