1st Sunday in Advent

Yes, that’s today. I stopped to wonder what it represented. It is difficult for us to have a balanced view of the birth of Jesus because we know what happened afterwards.

But just think back to those days when Bethlehem was not a place of pilgrimage. It was of no importance on the Roman map. There was no church of the Holy Sepulchre, no worshiping crowds, no hotels or cafes. Just a few shepherd families and poor hard-working people.

And into this scene, among the hundreds paying their taxes, there was a little baby born in a farmyard. Very few noticed Him then and sadly many do not notice Him today.