Once again the angel of the Lord appears, this time announcing to shepherds the birth of the Christ Child, as we read in Luke 2:1-14.
In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus
that the whole world should be enrolled.
This was the first enrollment,
when Quirinius was governor of Syria.
So all went to be enrolled, each to his own town.
And Joseph too went up from Galilee from the town of Nazareth
to Judea, to the city of David that is called Bethlehem,
because he was of the house and family of David,
to be enrolled with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child.
While they were there,
the time came for her to have her child,
and she gave birth to her firstborn son.
She wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger,
because there was no room for them in the inn.
Now there were shepherds in that region living in the fields
and keeping the night watch over their flock.
The angel of the Lord appeared to them
and the glory of the Lord shone around them,
and they were struck with great fear.
The angel said to them,
“Do not be afraid;
for behold, I proclaim to you good news of great joy
that will be for all the people.
For today in the city of David
a savior has been born for you who is Christ and Lord.
And this will be a sign for you:
you will find an infant wrapped in swaddling clothes
and lying in a manger.”
And suddenly there was a multitude of the heavenly host with the angel,
praising God and saying:
“Glory to God in the highest
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
Glory to God! A savior was born on that day in Bethlehem, a savior who is Christ and Lord. Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests. It is good news of great joy. This is the day we celebrate today. Merry Christmas.
Peace be yours this day as you celebrate among those with whom you are blessed to be close. Joy be yours as you rejoice in your relationship with God, who is almighty and compassionate and merciful and loving. The love of Christ be yours, be yours to share.