Whether for you this is a holiday of laughter and happiness, or a day when it’s about all you can do to keep halfway on top of the chaos, or a time of bittersweet memories of loved ones not present, I sincerely wish you a wonderful Christmas.
I leave you with a delightful story our deacon told during his homily on Sunday, which he heard on Relevant Radio:
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A parish was putting on a children’s Christmas play, and there was one child whom the directors were concerned about casting. He wasn’t exactly known to be the master thespian of the group, and they worried about how much he’d be able to handle. They decided to have him be the innkeeper, who would only have the simple task of stepping on stage to announce that the inn was full.
The day of the play arrived, and when the little Mary and Joseph arrived at the cardboard inn, everyone held their breath as they waited for the boy to deliver his lines. Finally he emerged from the prop, and said, just as he was supposed to, “I’m sorry, there is no room!” Everyone breathed a sigh of relief, and Mary and Joseph moved on to the manger side of the stage.
Just after they left, there was a rumbling from within the inn, and suddenly the little innkeeper burst forth, shouting, “Wait! Wait! Come back, there is room!”
When the confused couple turned around, he explained: “You can have my room.”
Merry Christmas, everyone!