Hospitality: the challenge and the promise of Christmas

It is a fond and familiar thing among mothers to tell birth stories. Sometimes, the stories are peaceful, beautiful, and astonishing. They can be quite disturbing. Often enough, they sound like the war stories. So many babies are “almost” born in the back of a car, in an elevator, in a boiler room, somewhere between the toilet…

Different models of faithful living. Same Gospel.

“To what can I compare this generation? They are like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling out to others: “‘We played the pipe for you,     and you did not dance; we sang a dirge,     and you did not mourn.’ For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon.’ The Son of Man…