The shepherds hurried away to Bethlehem and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in the manger. When they saw the child they repeated what they had been told about him, and everyone who heard it was astonished at what the shepherds had to say. As for Mary, she treasured all these things and pondered them in her heart. And the shepherds went back glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen; it was exactly as they had been told.
When the eighth day came and the child was to be circumcised, they gave him the name Jesus, the name the angel had given him before his conception.
Sunday is the Octave Day of Christmas, and the feast of Mary, Mother of God.
The Gospel on Sunday gives the first account of a sharing of the Gospel, witnessing to the Good News. And the work is done by the shepherds, rejoicing because of what they have seen and heard.
- When we return to our ordinary lives after the feasts and holiday of Christmas, how will we appear, of what will we speak?
The return of the shepherds. (Mural at Beth Sahour, Shepherd’s Fields, Bethlehem). (c) 2007, Allen Morris.