- that Mary never expected to be the Mother of God
- that Joseph never expected to have to be guided on his course by angelic intervention
- that they didn’t expect the inn to be full, or to have to shelter in a barn, of all things
- that the arrival of shepherds and astrologers wasn’t in the least on their minds, to say nothing of how startled were both shepherds and astrologers, and
- that in the long run God has this way of unsettling our settled worlds, coming in the middle of a cold winter night two thousand years ago, and threatening to come at any moment like a thief or a long-absent master returning to find the servants either busy at their duties, or neglectfully pining like a Norwegian Blue.
Tobias Stanislas Haller BSG