St Jerome at the Christmas Party
O monks, the Lord is born on earth, and He does not have even a cell in which to be born! There was no room for him in the inn.The entire human race had a place, and the Lord about to be born on earth had none. He found no room among men. He found no room in Plato, none in Aristotle, but in a manger, among beasts of burden and brute animals, and among the simple, too, and the innocent. For that reason, the Lord says in the Gospel: "The foxes have dens, and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head."
Jerome, Homilies on the Psalms, Ps. 131
I really like this picture because it kind of conveys the "What the hell do you want now?!" of Jerome. He was a fun guy, spending Sundays in his youth exploring catacombs to discover the graves of martyrs and interpret their inscriptions. The reference to Plato and Aristotle are wonderful and really tell you where his head was at: not a fan of Greek philosophy... :He cuts through so much and affirms the lowliness, the humanity, of Christ. As a pastoral exercise, I wonder how we should write it today?