In the third volume of his work, Jesus of Nazareth: An Infancy Narrative, Pope Benedict XVI gives a reflection on the place of the the Nativity of our Lord that is worth our consideration on the Feast of the Epiphany.
The Holy Father speaks of the entrance to the Church of Jesus’ Nativity in Bethlehem. The entrance use to be 5 1/2 meters high. It was made for emperors who came on horse back on their pilgrimage to our Lord’s place of humble birth.
Throughout time it is now only 1 1/2 meters high to protect the Church from destruction and natural disasters. But there is a deeper meaning rooted in the shortness of the entrance.
The emeritus states, “If we want to find the God who appeared as a child, then we must dismount from the high horse of our “enlightened” reason. We must set aside our false certainties, our intellectual pride, which prevents us from recognizing God’s closeness.”
May we dismount to meet and adore the Lord Jesus who is constantly present in our lives.