Well, here we are – Christmas in the year of COVID-19. Can we travel? Will we be able to gather with
our family? How can I shop for gifts that I cannot see or touch? Will the post office deliver my packages on
time? Will we even be able to worship in Church if there are too many people? … Really?
This seems to be the theme of many conversations at this time. Certainly it is important to celebrate as
a community, but aren’t we missing something more important?
Jesus is coming regardless of what the government restrictions will be on December 24. As a matter of
fact, I think the situation in Bethlehem was quite similar to our situation today. For whatever reason, Mary and Joseph were denied the comfort of being with their relatives. They were forced to “stay at home” with animals.