Christmas Day: December 25  

Luke 2:8-20

In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for see–I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger.”

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favors!”

When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.” they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the child lying in the manger. When they saw this, they made known what had been told them about this child; and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds told them. But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart.

The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.


from Thaddaeus B. Allen, Regional Minister

            Reflections of the Christ abound in this wonderful lesson and still abide in the lives of the faithful today.  What a gift to find this child of Bethlehem, full of life and promise, alive and present to the whole wide world!

The first witnesses of the Christ child were changed.  They were moved to praise, and sing, and seek, and even store up treasures that can only be kept in the heart.  The light of God was now to be reflected anew in the lives of these witnesses.

We too are witnesses to the incarnate God with us.  On this holy day, we are moved and called again to reflect the love of Christ who has come into the world.  We are the light of the world, and we have much to share.  The giver of all grace has  assigned his disciples to be grace bearers.

May all who come into contact with our lives find the reflection of Jesus in us.  This birth gives life, and bears great light to this very day.

O Christ, Light of the World,

as you came to us in the misty distant past,

come to us again in ways that reveal to us who you are,

so that we may be born anew.


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