December 16th begins the Holy Rosary Novena to prepare for Jesus’ birth. It is called “Posadas” where people gather together for nine (Novena) days to pray the Holy Rosary. Children dressed up as Mary and St. Joseph and knock on house doors asking for “Posada”, a place to stay.
From the Bible we know the end of the story. No matter where St. Joseph and Mary asked for a place to stay and for God/Jesus to be born, absolutely NO ONE gave Jesus a place to be born in. Out of pure necessity, He ended up being born in a sub-human place, a place only fit for animals.
We need to remind ourselves everyday that it was Jesus who created every element that we build our houses with. He is who created us. He is who gave us the intelligence to be able to build homes. He is who gave us olive trees to give us olive oil to burn for light.
Well, that was 2014 years ago. Thank God we were not the ones who did not show Him hospitality.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him: and without him was made nothing that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.
That was the true light, which enlighteneth every man that cometh into this world. He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. He came unto his own, and his own received him not.” John 1-5, 10, 11.
Today, as we prepare for Christmas, is our heart pure, free from all sin and attachment to sin? That is where Mary is looking to find a place for Jesus/God to come too. He made everyone of our hearts. And yet it is almost impossible to find a place where He can come into out of the cold.
Hearts have grown cold as they embrace their own pleasures and beliefs of the world. Hearts are ruled by the devil. He is well implanted in most hearts. It may not be obvious or clear, but agains as Jesus said it: “Where your heart is, there is you treasure”. Or we can modify it a bit and say, “What is in your heart is what you treasure”. So if we treasure sinful pleasures and the world, there is the devil.
Most Catholics have a sentimental like for Jesus. But in their lives, they put themselves and the world as the most important things. From these sinful distorted way of being Catholics, we have invited satan in. Jesus can have no part with a heart that is partially occupied by the devil and sin.
So as we prepare for Christmas, may we go to confession; be absolutely sorry and invite Jesus into our hearts, lives and families. When His Spirit comes into our hearts, the devil can have no hold on our hearts. Make Posada for Jesus, Mary and St. Joseph.
The original author of this blog passed away in July of 2016. RIP Father Carota.