The angels announced the birth of the Savior as “good news of great joy.” In taking on our human nature, God the Son poured himself out for us, and from this we learn that joy comes from the giving of self.
Another message of the angels is that joy comes from personal acceptance of Jesus as our Savior. The proud can never experience this joy, for they refuse to admit their need for salvation; or they pursue a futile quest for joy in pleasures and possessions.
We give thanks that the Son of God came to save us.
1. [While Joseph and Mary were in Bethlehem for the census,] the time came for her delivery. Hail Mary
2. And she gave birth to her first-born son and wrapped Him in swaddling clothes. Hail Mary
3. She laid Him in a manger because there was no room for them in the inn. Hail Mary
4. There were shepherds in the same region, living in the fields and keeping watch over their flocks at night. Hail Mary
5. And behold, an angel of the Lord came to them, and the glory of God shone round about them, and they were very much afraid. Hail Mary
6. The angel said to them: “Do not be afraid for I bring you good news of a great joy which shall be to all the people.” Hail Mary
7. “Today in the town of David there has been born to you a Savior who is Christ the Lord;” Hail Mary
8. “And this will be a sign for you: you will find an infant wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.” Hail Mary
9. Suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God, Hail Mary
10. And saying: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men of good will.” Hail Mary
Reference: Luke 2:1-14
John F. Kippley
Seven Day Bible Rosary
ECO-BREASTFEEDING: If anyone needs support for ecological breastfeeding during the Christmas season, read Crunchy Lutheran Mommy’s blog. After reading this blog on eco-breastfeeding, click Part 1 at the beginning of the blog and read how she searched for God’s way to care for babies.