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1 And it came to pass in those days that Central American countries were in turmoil, and word went out that people were going to flee to the United States.

2 (And this flight was first made when Trump was the President of the United States of America)

3 And many people fled the violence, some alone and some with their families.

4 And Joseph also went up from Tegucigalpa in the Central District within the department of Francisco Morazán in Honduras (because his house had been bombed and his mother and father murdered in their old age)

5 To seek asylum with María his pregnant girlfriend.

6 And so it was, that, while they were traveling there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.

7 And she brought forth her firstborn son on the ground, and wrapped him in her own shirt, and held him to her heart, because there was no safe room to lay him anywhere.

8 And there were in the United States shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

11 For unto you is born this day in the heat of the desert a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.

12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes donated by Catholic Charities, lying in a cheap crib in a refugee center in McAllen, Texas.

13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,

14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

15 And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto the Border, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.

16 And they came with haste, but the crib in McAllen was empty, dark, and still.

17 And so they asked about the child, and made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this infant.

18 And a refugee overheard their words and said “There were two named María and Joseph with my group in Mexico, and they had a child, but the tear gas struck them and they could not breathe. The child has died, and the woman too.

19 The child will not return for us to see.

20 And the shepherds went away in silence, uncomforted, and alone.

21 And in the darkness on the Mexican side of the border, the man Joseph used a rock to carve the names Jesús y María into a shattered board, the only tombstone for a child which was so named of the angel before he was conceived in the womb.

22 Gloria in excelsis Deo.

-Rev. Amy Petrie Shaw