Sunday, December 25, 2011

The Inn of God's Heart

She wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. Luke 2:4-7

Fr. Ron Rolheiser writes a beautiful reflection for Christmas. He suggests that there is a different way to look at the phrase that there was “no room in the inn.”
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.
Merry Christmas!!


Karinann said...

I love this reflection. I think as Christians striving for holiness we are supposed to feel a little out of place in the "inn if this world". I'm OK with that so long as I always have room in the inn of my heart for Jesus.
Love your background and header image~they're beautiful!
A Merry and blessed Christmas to you and your family.
Hugs & Blessings!

Colleen said...

Karinann, thank you for much for your beautiful comment. I think you are right that we are supposed to feel a little out of place in the inn of this world. That is why our hearts are restless for God!
Glad you like my new blog look!
Merry Christmas! Hugs and blessings!

Victor S E Moubarak said...

Best wishes to you and your family for a Happy Healthy and Blessed New Year.

God bless.

Barb Schoeneberger said...

Merry Christmas and blessings to you. Your new look is gorgeous.

Lately I've been thinking about the fact that I don't feel I belong anywhere, but only to the Holy Family and the Mystical Body of Christ. That's where there is always room for one more.

Colleen said...

Victor, thank you! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Barb, amen to that! I know what you mean.
Glad you like my new look! Thanks!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Maria said...

Thanks, because this is how I feel today. Merry CHristmas Colleen and blessings to you and your loved ones in the new year

Colleen said...

Maria, hope this post gave you comfort! Merry Christmas to you too!