Journey to Bethlehem
In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus
that all the world should be enrolled. This was the
first enrollment, when Quirinius was governor of Syria.
And all went to be enrolled, each to his own city.
And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the city
of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which
is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house
and lineage of David, to be enrolled with Mary his
betrothed, who was with child.
Luke 2:1 5
"He it is Who though as yet hidden is nevertheless leading all.....He it is Who is now leading the whole world and placing everybody in his own city. He it is Who is leading Joseph away from Nazareth. He it is Who is leading His own Mother over every step of that difficult and tiring journey, letting the joy in His own Heart overflow into hers; and He is my Leader too. With such a General, nothing will be overlooked in my life; everything will be arranged in wisdom and love.....Oh! come, little Leader, come and redeem us."
Mother St. Paul (1861-1940)
"The nine months draw to a close, and our Lord's last act is to journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem. It is toward us, as well as toward Bethlehem, that He is journeying. He is about to leave His home a second time for the love of us. As He had left His uncreated home in the Bosom of the Father, so is He now going to leave His created home that He may come to us and be still more ours. He will show us in this last action that He is not obedient merely to His holy and chosen Mother, but that He has come to be the servant of our commands and to wait upon our forwardness..."
Rev. Frederick W. Faber, C.O., D.D.