Gospel – January 1, 2020 – Luke 2:16-21
The shepherds went in haste to Bethlehem 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.
When eight days were completed for his circumcision,
he was named Jesus, the name given him by the angel
before he was conceived in the womb.
When I read this Gospel today I couldn’t help but think – this ties it all up.
A man doubts the Lord can do what is promised to him.
A young woman says yes – even though she may well be thrown out or even killed.
A good man believes a message and takes a young woman into his home as spouse even though pregnant with a child not his.
A child is promised as Salvation to all.
Shepherds – the lowliest of society – are visited by angels with the story of this birth. They are given the good news first – in the fields with their sheep. Protectors and providers of helpless and vulnerable creatures and they with no power but their courage and a staff.
And they go and find this helpless child and parents in a stable – helpless and vulnerable. Do you think they made the connection? This child would one day become their protector and provider?
All the while three Oriental kings are traveling to bring gifts and pay homage to this new born king.
All because a young woman said yes.
It begs the question – Mother Mary, did – you – know?
At least that’s what I heard Him say…