Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Away In A Manger

At Christmas Mass, the priest read from (where else) the gospel of Luke, chapter 2. This is a very familiar passage to most because we sing about it in songs & see it acted out in Nativity scenes. We hear the same story every year: there's no room at the inn, no room anywhere & as a last ditch effort, Mary & Joseph are offered a stable to spend the night somewhere in Bethlehem. Mary gives birth to the baby Jesus, wraps Him up & lays Him in a manger. A manger, commonly mistaken as the stable itself, is actually a food trough.

Jesus was laid in a manger. When I heard those words, I was strangely reminded of the Eucharist. At the Last Supper, Jesus tells His disciples that His flesh is true food & His blood is true drink. When we look into the manger, what do we see? A cute little baby or the Hope of our Salvation? This Bread from Heaven, this true food & true drink was laid in a manger for all of us from the very first...

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