This is the very old iron furnace in my hometown. It goes back to the beginnings of the town when some iron ore was found in the area. Several years ago someone got the bright idea of putting life size nativity figures in it.
When we were in Bethlehem we were shown the cave where tradition says Jesus was born. Luke tells us that the child was laid in a feeding trough for animals because there was no room in the place where people stayed. Luke emphasizes the poverty and homelessness of Jesus' beginnings. In the rest of his Gospel he will stress how Jesus loves and cares for those pushed to the edges of society. Jesus lives in us and wants to use us to reach out to the poor and the marginal of our own time.