Day 9 – An Unwelcome Announcement?

In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to their own town to register. (Luke 2: 1-3)

I can’t imagine that there are many announcements that would be more unwelcome than this one – particularly when expecting a baby!

Out of interest, I worked out how long it would take me to walk the 26 miles to my birthplace. My calculations say that if I walk 3 miles every hour I’d manage that distance in eight and a half hours. I’m fairly sure that it would take me much longer than that, especially if I were pregnant!

Can you imagine the mayhem and uproar there would be if Theresa May issued the same decree? I appreciate that nowadays it’s all done by filling out forms. But, what if, once a decade, we all had to go to our birthplace and register? Even going by car would be a nightmare, and don’t even mention the trains!

For Mary and Joseph, and similarly for thousands of others, I would imagine it was a rather unwelcome announcement. Mary and Joseph had to travel approximately 92 miles. I don’t envy them at all!

This is part 9 of 24 daily reflections in the lead up to Christmas 2017.

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