And The Word Became Flesh And Dwelt Among Us
Tucked away in a little corner of the Roman Empire was Bethlehem. Bethlehem’s only significance was its historical connection to the Hebrew King David, a source of pride for its Jewish inhabitants but nothing more then a footnote compared the glory and exploits of Rome.
Rome’s only concern about Bethlehem was that they paid their taxes. It was in the town of Bethlehem that Mary and Joseph registered for a census which is part of that tax process. This registration occurred, says St. Luke, when Quirinius was governor.