More than 2,000 years ago the story was told of a refugee family seeking persecution from King Herod. This painting is The Flight Into Egypt, by 16th-century artist Jans de Beer. Joseph is wearing a hat, like a peasant. Mary is on the donkey, and a little baby is popping out from between her robe.
The de Beer painting is just one of many in Western history that have depicted Jesus and his parents going into exile: All bring home how compassion for refugees is a central message in the Bible. (Douglas Todd, Vancouver Sun, December 24, 2015).
The small family was finally given refuge in a stable and the Christian world has been in awe and singing about the event ever since. At Christmas time it is important to reflect on the plight of refugees and what each of us can do to help.