1. The Nativity

1. The Nativity

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 clothes and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.” (Luke 2:6-7)

Meditation: Holy Poverty

“The Birth of Jesus in Bethlehem reveals to us that God chose poverty for himself in coming among us. The scene that the shepherds were the first to see and that confirmed the angel’s announcement to them, was a stable in which Mary and Joseph had found shelter, and a manger in which the Virgin had laid the newborn Child wrapped in swaddling clothes (cf. Luke 2:7, 12, 16).”

God chose this poverty. He wanted to be born thus but we can immediately add: he wanted to live and also to die in this condition. This is therefore the message for us today: the poverty of Christ’s Birth in Bethlehem, as well as being the subject of adoration for Christians, is also a school of life for every man. It teaches us that to fight both material and spiritual poverty, the path to take is the path of solidarity that impelled Jesus to share our human condition.” (Pope Benedict XVI, 1 January 2009)

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Unknown artist / The Adoration of the Shepherds / Sculptured wooden reredos panel / St John the Evangelist, Kirkdale

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