BETHLEHEM IMAGES: THE OX & THE DONKEY UNDERSTOOD MORE

There were only a few shepherds at the first Bethlehem. The Ox and the donkey understood more of the first Christmas than the high priests in Jerusalem. And it is the same today. ~ Thomas Merton

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25DEC13. Bethlehem, Palestinian Territories.

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BETHLEHEM IMAGES: CHURCH OF THE NATIVITY

I found the most aggressive religious worshippers on earth. Wait for it. You’ll be surprised: Indonesian Christians. Wow. I had to remind myself that (1) It’s Christmas. (2) We are in line to see Jesus’ (of all people) birthplace! They push and yell. In the Church of the Nativity! There’s more decorum displayed at a Motley Crue concert.
In the images below, you’ll see that to enter, you have to duck through a small doorway. You’ll also see the horde of people I’m talking about. And you’ll also see, which is my reason for going, the 14-point silver star under the Grotto of the Nativity, which is believed to mark the actual spot where the Blessed Virgin Mary gave birth to Jesus Christ.

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Christmas Day. Bethlehem, Palestinian Territories.