During their visit, the same Christmas story had to be repeated 10 times. I was thinking that when we repeat a story it turns out in two ways: 1. You lose the real meaning, or 2. it gives us a new way to reflect every time when we tell or listen to the same story again and again.
The reflection of each station was great and blessed. I am very grateful to everyone who participated in experiencing Christmas. I am sharing with you one of my thoughts I was thinking in the Journey station. Mary (full term pregnancy) and Joseph, who must have been very tired and just wanted to rest after 70 miles of travelling from Nazareth to Bethlehem on foot or on donkey. After the long journey they were looking for a place to rest and the response they get from an innkeeper was totally opposite from their desire or expectation. A grumpy innkeeper saying, “NO ROOM”. Listening to these words from children was funny but each time I heard the sound of “KNOCK KNOCK” and “NO ROOM” made me think that how many times in our practical life have we acted like that grumpy innkeeper and become so busy with all other works and don’t have time for Jesus in our life. Yes, we are too busy doing all the Christmas celebrations but in all these activities are we able to listen to His “KNOCK KNOCK”? Or do we not have time to respond to his knocking.
Jesus said in Revelation 3:20, " Listen! I am standing at the door, knocking; if you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in to you and eat with you, and you with me.”
May, we all be able to listen to Christ knocking and open the door so, we can enjoy Christmas dinner with Christ.
Lots of love and blessings.
Rev Kathreen Shahbaz