Rector, Casey Shobe Sermon by: The Rev. R. Casey Shobe, D.Min.
Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration | Dallas, Texas
December 24, 2018
The Eve of the Nativity of Our Lord

Making Room for Christ


When you travel to the Holy Land, you begin to appreciate just how much we get the location of Jesus’ birth all wrong. For most of us, we’ve watched too many pageants with too many grumpy innkeepers, and it’s calcified some ideas about what that fateful night in Bethlehem was like, ideas that are probably not correct historically, and may be preventing us from grasping the deeper truth of the Incarnation of the Son of God.

It all begins with the famous line from Luke’s gospel, “and they laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.” In the immortal words of Inigo Montoya from A Princess Bride, “I do not think it means what