Read Luke 2:8-20.
The Shepherds and the Angels
It’s a story many of us know well. Imagine the shepherds in the field: picture them hopping from foot to foot to stay warm, looking after the sheep like any other regular night. Maybe they were joking with each other, talking and laughing. Can you see the look of shock and fear register on their faces when the angels appeared in all their splendor? Listen closely for the sound of the heavenly singing! Lord God, send us their courage — for they did not look back after the sign had been given! On to Bethlehem, these faithful shepherds went to see the miracle wrapped in cloth and lying in the manger.
The text indicates that the shepherds shared what they had seen and heard with Mary and Joseph, who were amazed. Take extra note, though, of Mary’s reaction: “But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart.”
God sends signs often. Treasure the words that are sent to you, through those who spread love and light. Pay attention to what is happening in your heart as another year comes to a close. Open your hands to receive what is next on your path. Trust with Mary’s conviction, and rejoice! The God of the heavens and the earth looks after you.
All-Knowing Father, send us your peace on this night. Help us to ponder these words in our hearts like your servant Mary, and to truly recognize the miracle of Jesus’ birth. Your grace and peace are unmatched gifts to us. May every cup overflow with gratitude and love.