“I bring good news that will cause great joy for all people. Today in the house of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord“ (Luke 2:10-11).
So begins the exhortation of the Angel sent by God to shepherds as they pastured their flocks. Since I was a child, this gospel passage has struck me. I could easily imagine the scene: singing angels in white robes, sheep grazing amiably on the grass, a full moon at night, and then: the shepherds. I would marvel at the wonder of the shepherds upon hearing the words, “Today the Savior is born.”
Shepherds were a category of people despised and on the margins of society in Jesus’ time. Yet, it was precisely to them that the Angel announced, “Today… a Savior has been born to you.” How I wish I could still marvel like I did as a child because this today is eternal: “Emmanuel is with us.” He was with them as He is with us.
The greatest sadness of human beings is loneliness. Knowing that one is always in the company of the hosts of heaven completely changes one’s perspective. Living in communion, this is true prayer, this is the beauty of life.
Lord, give me eyes to see and marvel at your goodness this Christmas. Whenever I am lonely or feel on the margins of society, help me to find comfort in Jesus who is waiting in the manger for me.
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