THE NATIVITY OF OUR LORD AND
SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST
Today the Virgin gives birth to Christ the Godman.
What we can experience if we also give birth to Him.
The shepherds were watching their flock by night, when suddenly standing still, they looked up, as heaven was suddenly filled with radiant light, and standing there was an even brighter shining Archangel. Struck with great fear, the shepherds trembled seeing such a sight, for the heavens with the glory of God had opened up just for them. The angel spoke to calm them, saying:
“Do not fear, for behold, I bring you glad tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born upon this day in the city of David, a Savior who is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you: You shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with him a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace good will among men” (Luke 2: 10-14).
What the shepherds witnessed and we all witness is a new and world-shaking event, announced with glorious light and angelic song! This song is still sung in the Church and we will hear it again and again: “Glory to God in the highest, peace and good will among men!”As we, the church, gather together to celebrate this joyful Feast, our souls become filled with blessedness as we join the shepherds welcoming the New Child who is born, he is the Logos God who has chosen to descend and become one of us. His purpose for becoming like us should fill our hearts with joy, for it His great desire and plan to raise everyone one of us from earth to heaven to a more perfect life where there is neither pain no sorrow nor the threat of death, but eternal life.