Could the innkeeper have done more?


Advent Reflection 12/20/14

In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that the whole world should be enrolled. This was the first enrollment, when Quirinius was governor of Syria. So all went to be enrolled, each to his own town. And Joseph too went up from Galilee from the town of Nazareth to Judea, to the city of David that is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David, to be enrolled with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. While they were there, the time came for her to have her child, and she gave birth to her firstborn son. She wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

Luke 2:1-7

So, what about that innkeeper? Was he a bad guy because he didn’t let Mary and Joseph come in? It was census time. He had probably been turning people away all week. Was he a good guy because he¬†offered some type of shelter¬†to the expectant couple, even if it was just a barn?

Whatever your perspective on the innkeeper, most would agree that he probably could have done more to make Mary and Joseph comfortable. Have you ever felt that tug deep inside telling you to go out of your way to help someone else? Did you follow it?

Listen to Brandon Heath’s “Just a Girl”

If there were times when you ignored that voice inside because you were scared, too busy, or didn’t feel qualified, consider celebrating the Sacrament of Reconciliation this weekend. Christmas is almost here. Is your heart ready?


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