Many Rooms At My Home
Chris was only seven years old but rather
big for his age. Christmas was near and the
school was preparing for its annual play.
Everyone knew that Chris could not possibly
be asked to take an active part in the play.
He was a slow learner. But to everyone's
surprise, the teacher assigned to him the
role of the innkeeper. The boy was delighted.
All he had to learn was just one line: 'There
is no room in the inn.' He had that down
in no time.
The night finally arrived. The parents
their places. Every seat in the auditorium
was filled. The children entered singing
"Silent Night". The lights
The curtain opened on scene one. Mary
Joseph entered the stage and walked
to the inn. "Please sir, my wife
not well. Would you have a room for
the night?" Chris was ready for
line. He had rehearsed it all night.
"There is..." and he paused.
started over again. "There is…"
and again his mind went completely
Everyone was mortified. Realizing the
situation, Joseph thought he would
something and started walking away
the stable on the left part of the
Seeing him walking away, Chris in desperation
called out "Look, there's plenty
room at my house, just come on home
Chris had understood everything! We
managed to eliminate Jesus from politics,
movies, culture, life in general. But
there is still a space for him in our
There was a man who like Chris, had
of room in his house for Jesus. His
was John The Baptist. His life was
He finished beheaded. But he never
his mission. He went around proclaiming
one thing. Repent, he would say to
Repent! What does this word mean? It
a twofold meaning. First of all, acknowledge
that there are areas inside you that
to be fixed. I recently saw a small
carrying a blistering red T shirt with
message - "I like monsters, mess
mud"! And I said to myself, all
can wear that kind of T shirt. Behind
self righteous masks of piety, we know
amount of filth there is in us.
But there is a positive dimension in
It is not all negative. It means turning
away from something, our mess, and
Someone. It means basically opening
Father John of the Cross was thirty
old when he had a colorful experience.
pretty girl coming from a rich family
madly in love with him. She tried to
his attention but to no avail! One
she decided to go for it! She managed
sneak into his room. Obviously he was
surprised to find her there, staring
His reaction? He did not get mad at
He did not censure her. He just spoke
with her. Surprised at her own actions,
burst into tears and left.
The pretty girl wanted to embrace Father
John. He showed her that it is better
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