Luke 2:11-14 – December 25, 2020

For today in the city of David a savior has been born for you who is Messiah 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.” Luke 2:11-14 NABRE           

At the birth of Jesus an angel appears to shepherds in the area who were watching over their sheep at night. The glory of the Lord shone around them striking fear into the shepherds and the angel said, do not be afraid, there is good news. The angel continued telling the shepherds that a savior is born in the city of David, the Messiah, an infant wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger. Many will say the job of the shepherd was the least skilled, least respected position of any job in the days of Jesus birth. It becomes remarkable that God wants them to know about the baby savior. In the telling a multitude of angels appear, praising God, with a short canticle, “Glory to God in the Highest and on earth peace to those on whom His favor rests.” Obviously these shepherds receive God’s favor and I think we all want to receive God’s favor as well. The shepherds go “in haste” and find what the angels described. If God announces to these least this great news, can we ever think that we are too small for God’s attention? 

The choir of angels singing glory to God and peace must have been a most beautiful noise. It is as if Jesus birth creates an overflowing of heavenly hosts connecting to earthly beings, a great bridge between the celestial beings and sons of Adam. This song begins and continues a message to retell repeatedly. Even if we are the least, we still sing Glory to God!

Do you sing glory to God? Do you see peace on earth?

Shepherds receive God's favor and go 'in haste' to find what angels describe. God announces to these least great news in the city of David. If God speaks to these least, can we ever think that we are too small for God's attention? Share on X

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