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Why was their no Room at the Inn?
At the risk of demeaning my self; I confess to every year around Christmas time, pondering why there was “no Room at the Inn” for a pregnant women, and her husband in the city of David? Both true children of Israel.
Luke 2:6-11”And it came to pass, that when they were there, her days were accomplished, that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him up in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. And there were in the same country shepherds watching, and keeping the night watches over their flock. And behold an angel of the Lord stood by them, and the brightness of God shone round about them; and they feared with a great fear. And the angel said to them: Fear not; for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, that shall be to all the people: For, this day, is born to you a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord, in the city of David. And this shall be a sign unto you. You shall find the infant wrapped in swaddling clothes, and laid in a manger”
It seems to me only two possibilities could exist. Either the Inn-Keeper had in fact “sold out” all his available rooms; or he had succumbed to the greed so common in our self serving, very human nature; and was holding out for more wealthy prospects for tenants?
This brings to mind the two choices man faces when confronted with “truth.” “Submission or denial are the only options open to us. Making alternations, obstinacy, or even having received improper or inadequate instructions are simply various forms of denial, because “truth” must be a singular reality.
This season ought to be for all Christians one if introspection. Relating this need to the situation of Mary and Joseph, we might ask ourselves: As I myself am the “Inn” that the Christ child seeks “room in.“ Do I have room? Do I make ROOM for Christ in “My personal “In” ? Is my mind, heart, soul open for Christ as MY invited and special Guest? Have I given Jesus the Christmas present that He seeks? Have I returned “my will” in favor of His Divine will? … Both Christ and me can’t be in charge; so am I able; am I willing to allow Christ to take charge of my life?
Is there room in “My In” for Christ?; or might I, like the infamous Inn Keeper be holding out for a more lucrative self-serving tenant?
Heb.6: 10 “For God is not so unjust as to overlook your work and the love which you showed for his sake in serving the saints, as you still do.”
Is not from a Catholic source but it does provide info
I wanted to point this out because not only is it interesting, it’s also important.
*In the typical Christmas pageant, one of the children will be cast as the heartless innkeeper who refuses lodging to Joseph and pregnant Mary. Most know that there is no innkeeper mentioned in the Bible, but fewer are aware that there is not even an inn described. The view that Joseph and Mary simply arrived late to Bethlehem and accommodations at the local hotel were full is incorrect. The word translated as “inn” is the word kataluma, which is used elsewhere by Luke and translated as “guest chamber” or “upper room” (Luke 22:11; cf. Mark 14:14). When Luke wants to speak of a paid establishment (i.e., an inn), he uses a different Greek word, pandocheion, as in the story of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:34). Unfortunately, of the dozens of English translations that I’ve checked, all translate kataluma as “inn” in Luke 2:7 and not as “guest room” (that includes the recent ESV and NET; apparently they are unwilling to buck tradition in favor of accuracy).
The result of this mistranslation leads to a different understanding of the story. It’s not that Joseph and Mary were late to town, but it’s that they were rejected by their family. Clearly they had family members in town, as that was the reason they returned to Bethlehem for the census. That there was no room in the guest chamber for a pregnant woman indicates that they chose not to make room for this unwedded mother. The birth of Jesus in a room where animals lived suggests shame and rejection.
The guest room in a person’s house was generally the “upper room,” a room that was built onto a portion of the flat roof. This is where you would put guests so they would not disturb the operations of the house, and so they could sit on the unenclosed portion of the roof to get some fresh air –since that’s where the family often spent time as well, it set up a perfect time to socialize.
Joseph and Mary probably didn’t just go to Bethlehem to get counted for the census, but probably also to escape the prying eyes of disapproval from their family and friends back in their parent’s home town. The reception they received from their relatives in Nazareth wasn’t the best, either, but it was “good enough.” A place of shame, rather than honor, but a place nonetheless.
To accept Joseph and Mary into their homes, to give them the guest room, would have meant to approve of Mary’s condition, pregnant before wedlock. This simply couldn’t be done in that culture without trusting in the words of the Angels preceding the situation arising.
In the end, then, this is as much a story about faith as it is about shame. Mary’s condition was only shameful to those who wouldn’t believe. Jesus was an offense to the world before he was born, and remains an offense to the world to this day.
Why did people in Bethlehem who did not allow Jospeh and Mary and unborn Jesus to stay, think that Jesus was conceived out of wedlock? Why didn't they know that God created the miracle of a Virgin birth? Did the Bethlehem not think Jospeh and Mary had not conceived the child?