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“Mary gave birth to her firstborn, a son”: On the way to Bethlehem (part one)

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Mary gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them. (Luke 2,7)

The narrow and dusty streets of Bethlehem was swarming for days with men and women from all corners of Palestine because of the census ordered by Caesar Augustus, emperor of Rome. Joseph and Mary wander as confused in search of accommodation in the midst of that anonymous and composite crowd. They left Nazareth and embarked on a long and exhausting journey in order to be registered in their native city according to the customs of the Jewish people, since Joseph was a descendant of the house of David.

Mary's pregnancy was coming to an end. She was exhausted and needed to stop and rest. Joseph  knocked on the door of some of their relatives, acquaintances and even strangers asking for hospitality, but it seems that no one had room for them.

During the journey, the little woman of Nazareth thought about what happened in her life. God manifested Himself in her personal history in an extraordinary way, He showed her His face and called her to a unique mission, which Mary could never remotely imagine: to become the mother of the Savior of Israel.

Now, at every step, Mary was aware that the birth of Her son, the Son of God, was coming, Thousands of questions came to her mind,  and thousands of answers she tried to find in her heart.

Mary hoped to give birth to her son surrounded by the affection of her family, to experience tranquility and comfort and not to be on the street, without a roof where she could protect herself from the cold and where to spend the night. But on the other hand, what could she and Joseph do before the imposition of the Emperor of Rome? Her husband was a just and wise man and certainly if he could, he would  have spare her wife fatigue and discomfort. Moreover, we should add that prophecies always indicated Bethlehem as the birthplace of the Messiah.

An alternation of feelings, thoughts and emotions enveloped Mary. She was aware of the impossibility of finding by herself the solution to her anxieties and questions. This is why the little woman of Nazareth took refuge in prayer, trusting only in the Lord, the faithful God. Finally, after so much searching, Joseph managed to find a place to stay, where to stop and rest. This was a makeshift place, but it was okay. They were accustomed to a simple life without great pretensions, impregnated with dignified poverty.

On the other hand, when the Son of God came to earth, He did not impose Himself, He did not demand a prestigious place to be born and in the face of the inhospitality of the inhabitants of Bethlehem, He was received in the simplicity of a cave outside the city.

April 11, 1924 Jesus told Luisa He doesn’t like force; so much so, that when He came upon earth and wanted to go and be born in Bethlehem, He went, yes, knocking at door after door to have a place in which to be born, but He did not force anyone. Had Jesus wanted to, with His power He could have used force in order to obtain a place less uncomfortable in which to be born, but He did not want it; He contented Himself with only knocking and asking for shelter, and without insisting, He moved on to knock at other doors. And since no one wanted to receive Him, He contented Himself with going to be born in a grotto, in which animals gave Him free entrance and did the first adorations for their Creator, rather than forcing anyone to let Him in. However, this refusal cost the people of Bethlehem very much, because they never again received the good that His soles would trade upon their lands, or of seeing Him in their midst again. Jesus likes spontaneous things, not forced ones; He likes for the soul to make what He wants her own, and, as though it were hers and not His, to give Him what He wants, freely and with love. Force is for slaves, for servants, and for those who do not love. This is why, just as with those people of Bethlehem, Jesus moves on from those souls who are not ready to let Him enter into them and to give Him full freedom to do whatever He wanted with them.

don Marco
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