I was pondering on my bed when I woke up at 3 in the afternoon today (slept lots to make up for lost sleep the night before while busy til the wee hours with food preparation). Just thinking about the matters relating to the birth of the Lord Christ, how the whole of history prepared and pointed to the moment of the Great Visitation. Then I prayed for the Church, that we don't take for granted the amazing gift of that child, who became that boy in the temple, wiser than his years allowed, who became that man who taught and healed and showed mercy to outcasts, who became that sacrifice for the redemption of mankind.
It's no wonder angels sang about that birth. His coming is a thing worth celebrating.
From the Gospel of Luke:
But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger."
Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
"Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests."
May His favor rest upon all of you. AMEN!
*(The artwork is Murillo's "The Adoration of the Shepherds")