I thought I had it set up to record the homily tonight, but the portable drive was empty–I hadn’t downloaded all the Christmas audio, and I didn’t replace the cartridge.
Anyway, the pastor was relating the telling of a child’s Christmas story at his family gathering earlier this week. He and a brother were talking about how the Holy Innocents were missing from the story. Ditto Mary and Joseph on the brink of divorce until Matthew 1:18ff. A few other things, too.
I was reading the other day about a blogger who was takes exception to the stuff that doesn’t appear in the sanitized Christmas stories:
And all this bosh about the Holy Family being homeless or Jesus being born to unwed mother. It sounds like something absurd the media would misquote the Pope saying.
I think no advance reservations in Bethlehem isn’t homelessness, strictly. Being on the run from Herod’s genocide: that probably involved some days or weeks without a place to live. Not exactly a recreational camping trip. Refugees in Egypt–there are a lot of people in the world, a few tens of millions maybe, who can identify with being on the run from home, and unjustly.
Does Christmas have to be sanitary, Christmas card-pretty, and familiar? Or can God turn thing son their head every so often?