Friday, December 17, 2010
Advent reflection -- Dec. 17
This is today’s reflection from “How Far Is It to Bethlehem?” A Spiritual Guide for Advent 2010 by Sr. Carol Perry, S.U. for Marble Collegiate Church.
“Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city of David, called Bethlehem, because he was descended from the house and family of David.” Luke 2:4
This verse embodies so much first-century thinking. Nazareth was a nothing town, a small village tucked away in the north, noted for nothing in the history of Israel. Bethlehem, by contrast, was rich with the memories of Ruth and David, and it could boast of proximity to Jerusalem. It is the goal of Mary and Joseph and of our Advent journey. This couple finds themselves surrounded by kinsmen and neighbors on their long trip. Let us walk beside them.
We pray today for every traveler, both actual and metaphorical, on a life’s journey. (May we not forget ourselves.)