The Fourth Tuesday of Advent

No room in the inn!  I wonder, if there was no room for them in the inn on that night so long ago, how much room would there be for them today?  Remember that the inns were all full because of the great crowd that was gathered in Bethlehem for the census, a big event.

Today everything seems to be a big event.  The big game.  The big sale.  The big presentation.  The big exam.  With so many things competing to be the biggest, how do we react to something as simple as the birth of a small child?  Not only that, but we’ve let the celebration of His birth become an extravaganza of parties, and presents, each one competing with all the others to earn the title of biggest and best.

Isn’t it ironic that our human efforts to celebrate His birth have led to the same kind of frantic activity that caused His birth to go mostly unnoticed on that night so many centuries ago?  In our “humanness” we’ve made the birth of the Son of God almost an afterthought as we celebrate the day.   For so many of us Santa Clause has become the central figure, relegating Jesus to a secondary role, if He has any role at all.

OK, I get it.  You wouldn’t be reading this if you weren’t serious about your Advent preparation.  My words should be directed elsewhere.    But hopefully you’ll be the one to spread the word to your friends and family who may have forgotten what Christmas is really about.  You can help stop the craziness in your own world.  Jesus is counting on all of us to do what we can to put Him first on His Birthday.

It’s not too much to ask, is it?

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