Christmas Greetings

In re–reading St. Matthew’s telling of the birth of Jesus (Matthew 1:18–2:23) I was stricken with the realization that Mary and Joseph were homeless refugees when they traveled to Bethlehem: an order from the emperor forced them to leave Nazareth and travel to Bethlehem to pay a tax. And Jesus, shortly following his birth, became a refugee in Egypt. I recalled the grave animosity that existed among Egyptians toward the “Children of Israel” at the time of the Exodus: that animosity had not abated when they left Bethlehem and fled to Egypt. There is a startling similarity to the plight of refugees today who are escaping Syria, most of them with nothing but their lives. In this Christmas Season

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