I am always appreciative of those who take the time in their busy day to give a glance at my blog. Since people only do this of their own volition, I am in no position to hand out reading assignments but today I am going to do it and hope for the best.
Tomorrow is Christmas.
You will hear your reading assignment when you go to Christmas Mass, but I am going to ask you to do something that is very simple, very meaningful and for me at least, very helpful.
Would you turn to Luke’s second chapter and sitting quietly read these words out loud and rather slo-o-o-wly and endeavor to vicariously experience each sentence.
Now it happened that at this time Caesar Augustus a decree a census should be made of the whole inhabited world.
This census– the first — took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria, and everyone went to be registered, each to his own town.
So Joseph set out from the town of Nazareth in Galilee for Judaea, to David’s town called Bethlehem, since he was of David’s House and line, in order to be registered together with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child.
Now it happened that, while they were there, the time came for her to have her child, and she gave birth to a son, her first-born. She wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger because there was no room for them in the place where travelers lodged.
In the countryside close by there were shepherds out in the fields keeping guard over their sheep during the watches of the night.
An angel of the Lord stood over them and the glory of the Lord shone round them. They were terrified, but the angel said, ‘Do not be afraid. Look, I bring you news of great joy, a joy to be shared by the whole people.
Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.
And here is a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.’
And all at once with the angel there was a great throng of the hosts of heaven, praising God with the words:
Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace for those he favors. (Luke 2:1-14)
Have a blessed Christmas!
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