Throughout the accounts of the nativity story we encounter God working the extraordinary amidst the ordinary. Today, I find myself accompanying the shepherds in their journey to meet the Christ child, beside the sheep in solitude and silence.
Glory to God in the Highest! Blessed Christmas to you, from all of us here at Family Rosary. Even though it is such as strange Christmas, praise Him that we are all here together to celebrate Christ among us and to be touched by His peace!
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We are here because we have heard a promise of peace and we have faith that its day will come. We have heard a rumor of justice and we have faith that its day will come. We have heard a whisper of hope and we have heard that its day will come. We have heard a hint of love and we have faith its day will come. We have heard of the birth of the Christ-child and we have faith this day is here! Welcome to Christmas and Merry Christmas to one and all!
The Angel Gabriel appeared to Zachariah in the Temple and announced the birth of John. When Zachariah asks, “How can I know?” he is reprimanded and punished with 9 months of being unable to speak. Yet when Gabriel appears to Mary and she asks, “How can this be?” why is she not punished?
As we look to these last days of Advent, this season of preparation and hope for Christ’s coming, let’s take a moment to consider what we are hoping for and how we put into action a renewed life with Christ. Amid the noise and the spirit of the Christmas season, an easy temptation is to let the Incarnation of Jesus be an abstract and distant nicety.
“But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and considered in her mind what sort of greeting this might be. And the angel said to her, 'Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.'” Luke 1:29-30. That moment when the angel Gabriel greets Mary touches me deeply.