Jesus was born into a family that was forced to move in order to register with the government. Once in Bethlehem, they were unable to find shelter until they found a stable. Shortly after Jesus’ birth, his family was on the move again—this time to Egypt to escape political violence. As political refugees, Jesus’ family would have been vulnerable to abuse, discrimination and suspicion. When stability returned to their homeland, Jesus’ family returned to their home in Nazareth.
Questions for Reflection:
- How do you think Joseph felt every time he was turned away…”no room”?
- Where are the “stables” in your community?
- What do you think God wants us to learn from Jesus’ experience as a displaced person and a refugee?