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The NO in Bethlehem

Bethlehem’s NO writes in our conscience
All the NOs to millions of homeless
And the migrants anxiously asking
For a home to lay their head and rest

The NO in Bethlehem

By Joe Palathunkal
The decree is out for a heads count
People in droves in caravans went
The kings need heads to count or pound
To his decree the carpenter bent.



David’s city must they reach
To the world a message to preach
That kings can be born outside palace
When a heartless world refuses a place
And the couple began the hunt
To give birth to the greatest wonder
But came a resounding NO
To every plaintive request they made.



Bethlehem’s NO writes in our conscience
All the NOs to millions of homeless
And the migrants anxiously asking
For a home to lay their head and rest
But the rusted scepter of the king
Throws them into the dungeons to rust
And until they find a place to rest



Restless they will continue their quest
Until Bethlehem’s NO will change into an YES
And on this Christmas if you want to sing
Joy to the World with zest and twist
Make sure there is no NO from your conscience
For every homeless in your ambience
And say a prayer to the one born in Bethlehem
To get every homeless a beautiful home.



(Pray for every homeless everywhere in the world, an agonizing concern of Pope Francis who has provided a hospital for the homeless in the Vatican. Happy Christmas to all !)

(Joe Palathunkal is Associate Editor, Living in Faith)

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