Room in the Inn
In the tradition where I was raised, the birth of Jesus is celebrated as the Incarnation – God taking human form in the person of Jesus.
I’ve often wondered when that realization of oneness with God happened for Jesus. Was it a gradual dawning or a sudden inspiration? At some point he knew – not as an abstraction, but fiercely, in his bones: God lives in us; we and God are inseparable. This knowing is sometimes called Christ Consciousness.
Huston Smith, an author who has immersed himself deeply in the study of world religions, has concluded that there are four approaches to God: Pantheism (many Gods), Atheism (no God), Monotheism (one God) and Mysticism (all is God).
Jesus was a mystic. I believe that his claim of oneness with God included all of us. His radical message invites us to see ourselves as he saw himself – and as he sees us.
In the traditional Christmas story, there was no room in the inn for the birth of Jesus. For me, that story urges us to make room in our inns – our hearts – for Christ Consciousness.
What reverence might then we bring to ourselves, to each other and to this planet!
Peace on earth. Good will to all.