3. The Birth of Jesus
1. The Birth of Jesus
At that time the Roman emperor, Augustus, decreed that a census should be taken throughout the Roman Empire. This was the first census taken when Quirinius was governor of Syria. All returned to their own ancestral towns to register for this census. And because Joseph was a descendant of King David, he had to go to Bethlehem in Judea to David’s ancient home. He traveled there from the village of Nazareth in Galilee. He took with him Mary, his fiancée, who was now obviously pregnant. And while they were there, the time came for her baby to be born. She gave birth to her first child, a son. She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no lodging available for them. (Luc 2,1-7)
I wish Jesus finds in our hearts a place where he can be born spiritually. We should aspire that Christ is born in us, which is to say that we must be born to a new life, be a new creature, save that holiness and purity of soul given to us in Baptism and has been like a new birth.
(Painting: Natividad. COSTA, Lorenzo el Mayor.
Museo de Bellas Artes. Lyon)