Along with a growing number of his many other religious misinterpretations, it appears that Pope Francis now thinks that the nativity story is less about the birth of Christ our Lord and Savior than it is about today’s illegal immigrants currently swamping borders across the globe.
One would think that the leader of the largest Christian sect in the world would have a solid grasp on the story of the birth of Christ, but it seems his grasp is a bit to the left — that is the modern, political left.
Instead of a story of two citizens traveling to a large town to register for a census, then having a baby in a strange place, Francis thinks the story of the birth of Christ is about today’s immigrants who he claims are “forced” to leave their homes for a better life elsewhere.
There is much we don’t know about the birth of Christ, of course. We don’t know what year it was, for instance. Nor are we 100 percent sure what month it was when Christ was born. But one thing the Gospels of Matthew and Luke are clear about (especially Luke) is that Christ’s parents, Joseph and Mary, had travelled from their home in the city of Nazareth to the city of Bethlehem. They went to the latter to register for a great census decreed by the Roman Emperor. The couple was essentially registering so the empire could tax them.
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Joseph and Mary arrived in Bethlehem apparently too late to secure a room at any inns. So, they rented space in a manger. It was there that Jesus was born to all the fanfare with which we are familiar, including wise men, shining stars, and all sorts of wonderment.
After all the hoopla subsided down and the couple had completed their registration, they went right back to Nazareth from whence they came. There they began raising their son whom they named Jesus.
That was a simplified version of the tale, of course, but did you notice was what was missing in that scenario? Yeah, “immigrants.”
But that isn’t what Pope Francis sees. He sees immigrants.
As per the New York Post:
Francis celebrated late evening Christmas vigil Mass in the splendor of St. Peter’s Basilica, telling the faithful that the “simple story” of Jesus’ birth in a manger changed “our history forever. Everything that night became a source of hope.”
Noting that Mary and Joseph arrived in a land “where there was no place for them,” Francis drew parallels to contemporary time.
“So many other footsteps are hidden in the footsteps of Joseph and Mary,” he said in his homily. “We see the tracks of entire families forced to set out in our own day. We see the tracks of millions of persons who do not choose to go away but, driven from their land, leave behind their dear ones.”
Francis has made concern for economic migrants, war refugees and others on society’s margins a central plank of his papacy. He said God is present in “the unwelcomed visitor, often unrecognizable, who walks through our cities and our neighborhoods, who travels on our buses and knocks on our door.” That perception of God should develop into “new forms of relationship, in which none have to feel that there is no room for them on this Earth,” he said.
Sorry, Frankie, you missed this one by a long shot.
Joseph and Mary were not “immigrants” or migrants of any sort. They were simply traveling from one city to another for a temporary stay. Joseph and Mary both had a life in Nazareth and were not seeking any “better prospects” in Bethlehem.
In fact, not a single person mentioned in either account in the Books of Matthew or Luke was an migrant. Everyone was either just visiting Bethlehem for one reason or another (registering for a census or delivering gifts fit for a king) or they lived there (such as those darn, uncaring inn keepers).
No one in these stories were seeking a better life in Bethlehem. Indeed, you can even say some were seeking to make their lives harder as they were signing up for a tax hike!
Leave it to this error-prone Pope to garble the real nativity story and to warp it to his far left-wing political message. It is no wonder that he is increasingly earning the title of “The Red Pope” for his left-wing debasing of the Catholic religion.