The Manger (Lk 2:7) by Fr. Daren Zehnle

27 Dec The Manger (Lk 2:7) by Fr. Daren Zehnle

Baby-in-a-MangerShe wrapped Him in swaddling clothes and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. ~ Lk 2:7
Reflection:   Though the word “chaotic” may be too strong to describe the circumstances of the Lord’s Birth, disorganized and messy seem to fit well, what with being born in a stable and all.  There is often a constant temptation for us to “tidy up” and make things look nice for the Lord or for others, and it is certainly not bad to do so.  Had I been present at that stable, likely enough I would have picked up a broom to start sweeping the straw into nice piles or perhaps even constructed a makeshift bed for Mary, all with the aim of tidying up and making things nice and better suited for Jesus.  Yet what we see in His Birth is that the Lord comes precisely into the messiness of our lives without seeming to worry about how untidy our lives may be; what is necessary is that He is welcomed.  Our goal as LIFE Runners must be to help women who feel burdened, trapped, and forced to consider abortion to recognize that Jesus wishes to come into the messiness of their lives as well, asking only that He be welcomed.
Challenge:  Remember that the Christ Child was born into the messiness of our human world.  Surrender yourself to God in your own messy life.  

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Inspiration:  “Christmas is not a fairytale for children, but rather God’s answer to the drama of humanity in search of peace.” ~ Pope Benedict XVI

All In Christ for Pro-Life,
Fr. Daren

* Fr. Daren Zehnle serves the Diocese of Springfield, IL.


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  • Juli Root
    Posted at 2:50 PM, 19 January 2018 Reply

    Just witnessed the life runners at the March and looked them up! Found this awesome reflection! Thank you and all who fight the fight for Life!