While they were there, the time came for her to have her child, and she gave birth to her firstborn son. She wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. (Lk 2:6-7)
Jesus was born in anonymity.
Jesus came uninvited into a world in which there was no room for him.
Jesus was born out of place and his place is with others who are out of place. His place is with others who do not belong, who are rejected and go unnoticed.
Jesus is present in the world with those of us for whom there is no room.
Have you ever felt unnoticed? Anonymous? Invisible?
Have you ever felt lonely in a crowded room?
Have you ever felt misunderstood, unappreciated?
Have you ever felt like no one listens to you? No one cares?
Have you ever felt out of place?
There is no room in the inn for us either.
The Good News? Jesus came for us.
Jesus came for us who are lonely and misunderstood and unnoticed and rejected.
Jesus came for us who find no room at the inn.
Jesus took on human flesh for us, to love us and save us and to let us know that he notices us. Every day. Every moment.
Every moment we are noticed and loved and understood.
Every moment we find room in the inn.
We find room in the inn of God’s heart.
Loving Father, thank you for sending your Son to reveal Your love to us. Thank you for sending your Son to bring us home to your heart. Amen.