Francis chose a way that cost him, a way that asked him to suffer, to suffer with those who were in pain, with those who had been abused.
Jesus words to Zacchaeus are a shock to the system. At Jesus table there is a seat for everyone. Everyone: Samaritans, Tax Collectors, Women, The Poor, Democrats, Republicans, Pro-Lifers, Pro-Choice folks, Catholics, Presbyterians, Lutherans, heck, there’s even room for Episcopalians.
You can only understand what you love. The story of Christmas shows simultaneously our own broken human relationships, and the depth of God’s love. God chose to be born on the edges of society, to a couple living under the fear and stress of occupation.