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From Pastor Asher’s Desk; Preparing for the Season of Advent
26 November 2014Posted by on
There is a tradition in some countries of Central America that takes place during the season of Advent that is referred to as Las Posadas. The Spanish word “posada” translates into English as “lodging” or “inn” or “accommodations.” The festival of Las Posadas is traditionally observed for nine days beginning December 16 and ending December 24. The object of the tradition is to recreate Mary and Joseph’s search for a place to stay in Bethlehem.
The celebration consists of a nightly procession with candles. Every night there are individuals selected to represent Mary and Joseph. Each procession makes its way to a different home where Joseph’s dialogue with an inn-keeper asking for shelter is reenacted. The “inn-keeper” (usually the patriarch or the matriarch of the family where the Las Posadas procession stops that night) keeps insisting that there is no room at the inn and asks the Holy Family to stop bothering his family and leave them alone. He or she eventually agrees to host Mary and Joseph in the stables. After the re-enactment, the doors of the house are opened and everyone comes inside.
Inside the house there usually is an informal prayer service with scriptures reading, recitation of prayers and singing of hymns.
November 30, 2014 is the First Sunday of the Advent Season. As we are preparing for Christmas, in the midst of all the hustle and bustle, frenzied shopping, and the usual noise and pressures of the holiday season, what would your response be if Jesus showed up at your door and inconvenienced you during this holiday season by asking you to do something? What does it mean to you that God made a choice to come to this planet and to reach out to you personally and to invite you to be in a relationship with God through the person of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ?
What will you say when Jesus shows up at your door step?