I wonder if I would notice the Holy Family if I were to pass them on Euclid Ave? If the homeless refugees knocked on my door, would I answer it? Would I welcome them in? Would I provide a meal, a shower, or a place to stay? Would I walk right past them as I headed to Starbucks or to get my lunch, not even seeing them, not even recognizing their humanity? Would you?
In this time of Advent, the scriptures call us to prepare the way to the Lord. Part of those preparations is transforming our way of looking at the people we encounter in our lives. Jesus, the Prince of Peace, came to unwed homeless refugees with nothing. Jesus is revealed to the people that we least expect; maybe even the people we would just pass by.
I wonder if I would notice the Holy Family if I were to pass them on Euclid Ave? I hope I would!
"Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city of David called Bethlehem, because he was descended from the house and family of David. He went to be registered with Mary, to whom he was engaged and who was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for her to deliver her child. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn."~ Luke 2:4-7