Joseph, Mary and the Donkey (or rather the NATIVITY FIGURES of the same) are on their travels around the parish and beyond, visiting homes they’ve been invited to. It is Posada (www.churcharmy.org/posada) from a South American tradition.
I suspect part of preparing for the arrival might be a spot of tidying up, preparing a place, and drawing up some sort of itinerary. There have been some great photographs added to the diary over the last few years, and intriguing adventures described.
However, it is probably true to say that (in everyday life) if we tidy up, Jesus doesn’t come!
The first Christmas was all about arriving in the mess. Marital, Political, Administrative, Homeless, Mess. That’s the point. God choosing to and becoming fully part of the mess. It’s what the word ‘sin’ is pointing to.
‘Where meek souls will receive Him still, the dear Christ enters in.’
And so, and only in this way, the mess is dealt with, and continues to be dealt with, in Christmas ways. It’s what the word ‘grace’ is pointing to.
So, don’t tidy up, meekly receive, and tell the story of the tidying up you experience to all.
That’s the glad tidings of great joy.