by Dn. Monsy Jacob, Boston
Birth of Jesus
Where was Jesus born? We all agree it was in Bethlehem. Where exactly was it? We believe it was in a cave. We know that no humans witnessed it. We know that all the heavenly hosts dissented on Bethlehem. The shepherds were the only ones who could listen to their hymns. Do we tune ourselves up so that those hymns are audible for us? Why is the spot where Jesus was born still a mystery?
Beth means house and Lahamo means bread. The place became house of bread because of the crucifixion of Jesus; because He offered himself as the life giving bread. So, our achens in the final benediction of the qurbana says "after having received the bread for the journey."
Now, where is He born? In our hearts!
Is He born in your heart?
How do we know?
After Jesus was born to Mary and Joseph, they did not move on their own will. They stayed whereever they were until they got the specific directions from the Holy Spirit. For example, when the wise men came to see Him after many weeks or even months, they were still in Bethlehem. The infant had become a child and they were living in a house.
Herod figured out that the time-span of the birth and had to order all Hebrew boys under 2 years of age to be killed.
If He is born within you, listen to the word of God and the direction of the Holy Spirit.
God In The Cave
Jesus was born in a cave. He was buried in a cave also. In both cases, there was Joseph and Mary besides him. What is the symbolism of the two events that shaped Christianity?
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