Next week begins Advent and the approach to Christ’s Mass, Christmas Day. Jesus was born in the land of Judah, thanksgiving, in the city of David, which means our beloved king on Christmas Day. This city of David is Bethlehem, which means Beth or House, or Lechem, which is bread, the house of bread. The word, which we usually translate as “Inn,” in the original Greek, is κατάλυμα. This is the same word translated in Luke 22:12 as “The upper room.”

When St. Luke wants to describe in “Inn,” he uses the word, “πανδοχεῖον.” This was important to the bishop’s homily because the bishop asked the congregation whether there is room for Jesus in our upper room, which is the Eucharist.

The Hebrew word for Thanksgiving is Judah. The Last Supper, where the original was held, in the upper room, the κατάλυμα, was in celebration of Passover. This feast is strongly alluded to in Deuteronomy 5:1-7 where it states:

Moses called all Israel, and told them: Hear, Israel, the customs and traditions that I speak in your ears, this day, that ye may learn them, and guard to do them. The Personal Name our Mighty Judge cut a Social Contract with us in Horeb/Mt. Sword. The Personal Name did not cut this Social Contract with our fathers, but with us, even us, who are all of us here, alive, this day… I am the Personal Name your Mighty Judge, who brought you out of the land of Egypt/Oppression, the house of menial labor.

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