Wednesday, November 18, 2015


From the turmoil across the world arising from the Middle East, somewhere near Syria:

Three knocks are heard on a heavy, wooden door.

"Go away! We're full up!"

"But we have traveled such a long way and my wife is in her time."

The door opens a crack. "Where are you from?"

"From the north--Nazareth."

"Look! We can't take no Northerners in here just so they can claim a child is born in David's City! Are you trouble-makers? The Governor is giving us enough grief with the taxes and more travelers from far away! Be gone!"

"But, my wife. . . ."

"Alright! Enough! Go out to the stable with the other animals!"

Illustration from Nativity Homily of St. John Chrysostom of Antioch, Syria

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