Lent Day 4 - LIFE OF CHRIST, by Fulton Sheen



Lent Day 4 - LIFE OF CHRIST, by Fulton Sheen

LENT DAY 4 – Saturday February 17

 

“And thou, Bethlehem, of the land of Juda, art far from the least among the princes of Juda for out of thee will arise a leader who is to be the shepherd of My people Israel.” (Matthew 2:6)

 

“The village inn… there was room for anyone who had a coin to give the innkeeper; but there was no room for Him Who came to be the Inn of every homeless heart in the world.

 

There was no room in the inn, but there was room in the stable. The inn is the gathering place of public opinion, the focal point of the world’s moods, the rendezvous of the worldly, the rallying place of the popular and the successful. But the stable is a place for the outcasts, the ignored, the forgotten. The world might have expected the Son of God to be born – if He was to be born at all – in an inn. A stable would be the last place in the world where one would have looked for Him. Divinity is always where one least expects to find it.

 

No worldly mind would ever have suspected… that Omnipotence would be wrapped in swaddling clothes; that Salvation would lie in a manger; that the bird which built the nest would be hatched therein – no one would ever have suspected that God coming to this earth would ever be so helpless. And that is precisely why so many miss Him. Divinity is always where one least expects to find it.

 

Because He was born in a cave, all who wish to see Him must stoop. To stoop is the mark of humility. The proud refuse to stoop and, therefore, they miss Divinity. Those, however, who bend their egos and enter find that they are not in a cave at all, but in a new universe where sits a Babe on His mother’s lap, with the world poised on His fingers.”

 

(Chapter 1, pgs. 42-45)



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