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5. The Lord’s Nativity and No Vacancy




If you’ve heard the story of the Birth of Christ, you know the part about how Joseph and the very pregnant Mary arrived at Bethlehem to find no room for them at the inn. That’s why the Lord Christ was born in a stable (which was probably more like a cave) than in a comfy room.

This 15th Century nativity art depict the scene with angels gathered over crumbled walls. Curiously, the animals seem to be standing safely under the shelter, while the Holy Family hovers outside. Clearly, there was no vacancy for the weary travelers.

 
Nativity by Fra' Filippo Lippi 1400s

Maybe the artist meant to make it metaphorical. This Christmas, will the wondrous One find room for Him in our hearts?

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