“No Room For You!”

It’s funny because as a kid hearing the Christmas story I was always angry with the innkeeper who had no room at the inn and said, “No room for you!” to Mary and Joseph and ultimately Jesus.  But it’s probably not fair.  We don’t know how many pilgrims they were already housing or how late Mary/Joseph arrived.

But instead of faulting the innkeeper, who, in his ignorance, that night answered the weary, dust-stained pilgrims with a stern refusal, let us rather turn our thoughts and compassion upon the many who, in the gathered light of these many long centuries streaming from the wondrous Christ, still say to him as he stands knocking at the door of the heart of admittance: “No room for you!”

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