8 In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 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: 11 to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger.” 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying,
14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace among those whom he favors!”
15 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.” 16 So they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the child lying in the manger. 17 When they saw this, they made known what had been told them about this child; 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds told them. 19 But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart. Luke 2:8-19
Today’s reading is one of the most well-known passages in Scripture – one many of us have grown up listening to. The shepherds portrayed in this text were not rich land owners, but more likely poor, hard working people hired to guard the flocks. The birth of Jesus was revealed to them first – a possible sign of just what Jesus was all about : serving the poor, the lowly, the down-trodden ……..those who need the help and love the most.
Let us pray please – Father of us all , we thank you for the love You bring to us each and every day, Your grace, Your mercy and Your blessings abound in our lives. Most importantly, You brought Jesus to this poor and hungering world, and we are grateful. He is The Great Shepherd to us all, and it is through Him that pray all this …..Amen.
Yours in Christ , Rollie