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Making room for others

Published:Friday | December 26, 2014 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

The true meaning of Christmas in St Luke chapter 2 states that Jesus was laid in a manger because there was no room for the holy family in the inn.

The challenge for us at Christmas time is to make room for Christ by putting others in our hearts and lives. People are always asking for room in our hearts, whether they are strangers lying on the streets in front of the Supreme Court building or on Constant Spring Road. What they are truly asking for is room in our hearts.

The challenge for us this Christmas and all through the New Year is to make room in our heart for the poor, humble, dispossessed, alcoholic, divorced, separated, for the straight and the gays.

The challenge for us at Christmas is not to open our pocket books, but that would be all right, too. It is to open our hearts.

When I lived in Waterhouse many years ago, two days before Christmas a poor woman came into my yard. She was blind and was walking with a cane, and a little child was leading her. She put $20 in my hand and said, "You feed yourself, because you have so many people to feed at Christmas."

She epitomises true Christmas giving, which is giving to others. Yes, Christmas is a time for family and friends, chicken and ham. But, most important, it's a time to make room in your hearts for others.

We are asking you to adore Christ in others and whether they are Jews, Muslims or Christians, they are to be included in our love and care.

The meaning of Christmas is to be inclusive. Jesus came for everyone. This Christmas is really significant and a turning point in our lives and, just as Christ did, we are to be in the lives of others.

Let us pray that this Christmas we will be more tolerant and accepting of all.

RICHARD ALBERT (Msgr)