-FEAST OF THE BIRTH OF CHRISTMAS
Gospel for the Mass at Dawn on Christmas—Luke 2:15-20
“When the angels went away from them to heaven, the shepherds said to one another, ‘Let us go, then, to Bethlehem to see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.’
So they went in haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the infant lying in the manger. When they saw this, they made known the message that had been told them about this child. All who heard it were amazed by what had been told them by the shepherds. And Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart.
Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, just as it had been told to them.”
- On this Christmas Day what new awareness came to you when you read this account?
- Enjoy the wonder of this Christmas mystery and spread your joy!
Heritage word—“Shepherds were anything but a privileged group in society. In many respects they were looked down upon as uneducated, unskilled laborers . . . did not have the fundamentals of civilized cleanliness and grooming available to them. . .In their day they would have been the very last considered acceptable to be invited to a social gathering. Yet in God’s logic they were the first invited”!
(Sr. Mary Kristin, 10thSuperior General of the Sisters of Notre Dame)