Christmas Message from Sister Clare Carr, OSB, Prioress
“Into the stable they straggled, poor and dirty,
hardly suitably dressed for polite society.
Had we been Joseph
we would have feared robbery.
Had we been Mary
we would have feared germs around our newborn.
Had we been God
these are not ones we would have chosen
to first come and see the Child.
After all, they showed a certain carelessness
about the rules of the church.
And yet, God-chosen, they came
to kneel and worship him
whom we would later call the Good Shepherd.
Perhaps we could brush up on our humbleness.”
–By Ann Weems “Had We Been There”
This Christmas as we observe the great numbers of refugees and immigrants seeking new homes- may we come to recognize that God is with us in the poor, the broken, the fearful, the lonely, the thousands without safety, without home. In the United States we are privileged and may feel entitled to our safety and security. May our hearts be opened to those without a home. May we reach out in love to those we find difficult to accept. May we recognize our humbleness, for without humility, no one is safe in our world. May the Spirit of Jesus open our hearts and homes.