Friday, December 23, 2011
There was no room for them...
A few days ago, while driving in one of the most important avenues of Maputo, I saw this image! 8:23 AM and the sun was already high.
Another day of work, and traffic everywhere. Some were late for work, others in search of stores where to buy the desired goods to the "family day" to come.
Nearby, between horns, braking and acceleration of thousands of cars that run along the Avenue every morning, three children are asleep, oblivious to everything and ignored by everyone.
Well, the light turned green, and I continued my way towards my destiny. That image was retained in my memory but also in my phone. A city with more than 1 million people has no place for these children.
This story reminds me of another story two thousand years ago when there was no place to host a newborn child and his parents.
"and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn." (from the Bible, in Luke 2:7)
One boy who had been announced as the Savior, and the light that was shining over the world, had no place to be born. It was the same boy as he grew older and began to tell the world what was his mission, was rejected and handed over to be killed. He had no place in the world. The same man who died on a cross, was buried and rose again the third day, but I had no place in the hearts of men.
Jesus no longer takes place in the Christmas story, which was replaced by the lighted tree, the wrapped gifts and the table full of what many will never see.
"But the angel said to them, Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today, in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord."
(from the Bíble, in Luke 2:10-11)
Instead of a boy who brings a joyful news for all, we learned to know that Santa only brings gifts to some.
Jesus had no place in the inn, in the world, nor in his own celebration.
And in your heart, there's room for him?
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