Christmas is a time of welcome!  Into your home.  Into your church.  Into your life.

The light was in the world,
    and the world came into being through the light,
        but the world didn’t recognize the light.
The light came to his own people,
    and his own people didn’t welcome him.
But those who did welcome him,
        those who believed in his name,
    he authorized to become God’s children.

    John 1:10-12 (CEB)

The Christmas celebration Las Posadas comes from the Hispanic traditions of Latin American countries, especially Mexico. It dates back to the 16th century. Las Posadas reminds United Methodists that loving Jesus means loving, serving, and welcoming our neighbors near and far.

Every evening from December 16-24, those celebrating Las Posadas travel together to a predetermined place where they knock on the door of a darkened home to begin a liturgy. The community gathered outside asks for lodging in the voice of Joseph. “We have come exhausted from Nazareth.”  The people inside give a rational response, “We do not give lodging to strangers.”

Readings from Scripture follow until the people inside the home turn on the lights and invite the travelers to come inside. “Lodging we will give you with much happiness,” they say, “enter, good Joseph; enter with Mary.” When everyone is inside, it is time to celebrate!

Making room for Jesus includes making room for our neighbors. Jesus taught that what we do for others, we also do for him. Read Matthew 25:36-51

  • What rituals have you gone through to prepare for Christmas this year?
  • How will you continue to make room in your life in the days ahead?
  • How will you reach out in love and service to your neighbors around the corner and around with world?
  • How will you make room for others, not only today on Christmas Eve, but every day?

Prayer: O God, open my eyes to see those with whom I can share your love.  Today. Tomorrow. Always. Amen.