Advent Reflection -- December 22
All went to their own towns to be registered. 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.
Luke 2: 4-6
The trip from the craggy hills of Galilee south to Bethlehem was at least a three-day journey. Mary and Joseph and the burdened donkey needed food and water. With nothing to spare from their tax money, some bread, cheese, and an earthen jar for water were all the two travelers had, while the donkey had to graze here and there along the road. Weary step after weary step, the road seemed endless. Now, as the Advent days move toward God’s gift to a waiting world, do we not marvel at God’s call upon two poor, young people?