Tuesday, December 30, 2008

a nativity question

St. Joseph surely had a mess of cousins, if not siblings so why were he and Mary going from inn to inn alone on the night of Jesus' birth? Tribe is everything in the Middle East, some relative in Bethlehem would've been honor bound to take them in. It seems that what they wanted was privacy that woud've been impossible with kinfolks and certainly not in an open courtyard at an inn. Could it be that the birth of Our Lord was so miraculous that strangers or relatives couldn't have been trusted to keep their mouths shut?

Maybe the visions from The Mystical City of God and The Life of the Blessed Virgin Mary were correct, afterall?


Jackie Parkes MJ said...

lovely post

Robert said...

I suppose that Joseph's cousins may have left the area just as he (or his parents) had done.
My Nativity question would be, "Why did Jesus sleep in a manger when Joseph, as a carpenter, could have built and brought along a wooden crib?" (I think I know)

Dymphna said...

I suspect Jesus probably spent only a few nights in the manger. As Bethlehem emptied out after tax time and the family moved into a house Joseph probably built a crib. And then there's the theological significance of Jesus the bread of life being in a food box.

Carolina Cannonball said...

"...then there's the theological significance of Jesus the bread of life being in a food box."

such a way with words. ;-)

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Hans Georg Lundahl said...

For me, as knowing Swedish and German, there is an irony about the question.

Crib = krubba, Krippe. In Swedish and German the word primarily means ... manger.

The name of what you put small children in is inspired by the Christmas story.

Probably the form too.

Jesus was probably the first child ever to be put in a crib.