#17 Lent Pilgrimage, Nativity

This will be a sign for you. ~Luke 2:12

The history of the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem is a microcosm of the region?s conflicts, which span a millennium. In the 11th-century the church entrance was reconfigured so marauders couldn?t ride in on horseback. In 2002 the church was at the center of a highly publicized occupation and stand-off. The building itself is divided into two naves that straddle the ancient shrine beneath. I light a candle and wonder how Jesus would feel about his bifurcated birthplace.

Have you ever experienced division in your home or community?

Prayer: O Lord, have mercy.

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