December 25, 2008
Glory to God in the highest and peace to all upon earth! (Luke 2:14)
Christmas blessings to you on this Holy Day! As you participate in Catholic Mass or worship at another church this Christmas, you will most likely hear the story of Jesus’ birth as it is read from the Sacred Scripture. I am sure you could tell that story from heart. In St. Luke’s Gospel we hear there was “no room in the inn.” We can be sure he means what he says, that the visitors to Bethlehem had grabbed all the rooms available. Luke actually means there was no “kataluma” for Jesus in Bethlehem. Kataluma is an old Greek word meaning hospitality. Bethlehem was not hospitable to Jesus. However, God through Jesus would provide hospitality for the whole world. God began sustaining and nourishing all people the night Jesus was born and laid in a manger.
This is truly a day for rejoicing as our Christmas songs suggest. God dwells among us and “we dwell in him, and he dwells in us,” Saint Mother Theodore Guerin said. How will you share God who is in you with others today?