Peace comes to those who are good in doing the will of God. That is why Luke says that the birth of Jesus happened when Quirinius was governor of Syria. Since the heaven came down to the earth by the birth of Jesus, the heavenly hosts had to come down praising the Lord. Manger was a feeding holder for animals. (11) For today in the city of David a savior has been born for you who is Messiah and Lord. The orthodox people despised them because they were not able to keep all the religious laws of the time. The angel announces the birth of Jesus and describes him in three words: Savior, Messiah and Lord. In Jesus the Heaven has come down to the earth to establish peace because we are freed from the bondage of sin. The ox and ass who face the manger might warm the baby in the cold winter. (20) Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, just as it had been told to them. Theme images by, Observe the contrast between the real and the apparent importance of the. While adopting the humility of Jesus, we need to teach our children the value of humility from their young age. The shepherds become the first evangelizers of Jesus. That was the best available place to hold the baby with straw forming a warm bed. (8) Now there were shepherds in that region living in the fields and keeping the night watch over their flock. The Lord is to be sought in haste. He defeated Mark Antony and Cleopatra in 31 BC and afterward gained control over Rome and its extensive territories. Phone: +1-630-279-1383, Christmas Reflection: The Birth of Jesus (Dec 25, 2017), Priestly Ordination - Deacon Thomas Pulickal, SyroMalabar App - iOS and Android Versions, Diaconate Ordination: Br. (8) Now there were shepherds in that region living in the fields and keeping the night watch over their flock. To human sense, the event which took place at Bethlehem may well have seemed at the time commonplace enough. 4. By Pope Benedict XVI (3) So all went to be enrolled, each to his own town. Like the parents of Jesus, we too have a mission in this world for him. Nov 14, 2020 . Prefer eternal joy to temporal happiness. The McCarrick Report is Out: Read Our Full Coverage, JESUS OF NAZARETH: THE INFANCY NARRATIVES It never did, and certainly... Support for early versions of Windows 10 has ended. This also gives the indication that Jesus is “Son of David.”. In the Incarnation, in the birth of Jesus, God gave of Himself to us. He shall be offered to God and then redeemed (Num. At the final judgement, we will be rewarded or punished based on our actions of mercy or negligence. This is corresponding to what John the Baptist said, “He must increase and I must decrease.” (John 3: 30). He was later known as Caesar Augustus. Jesus was humble throughout his life on earth. As Pope Benedict XVI approaches Jesus' birth, he fastens on the poignant image of Mary in Luke's Gospel. Then it was time for Mary to give birth to her son. Bethlehem means “the house of bread” because it was a fertile land for agriculture and rearing animals. God favored some like Abraham, Joseph, Moses, David, Mary and Joseph though there were many others who also did the will of God. If Matthew is right, Jesus had to have been born before Herod's death in 4 B.C. Thus they reject perpetual joy and seek temporary happiness that will lead them to everlasting discontent. So this became a sign of identification for the shepherds to identify the newborn “Son of God.”. She wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. St Luke doesn’t mention a stable either but he does say that after Jesus’ birth Mary wrapped him in swaddling cloths “and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn” (Lk 2:7). They were not simply a barren, old couple who wanted to have a child and waited for God to do a miracle. They became the first believers in the Messiah. Some Fathers believe that this angel was Gabriel who appeared earlier to Zechariah and to Mary. 21:17). David was also a shepherd boy at the same location when he was called to be the future King of Israel. (1) In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that the whole world should be enrolled. Nothing in the infancy narratives goes by simply as a matter of chance. They trusted what the Angel of the Lord told them. Even when we do so, God’s favor is not our merit. (Luke 1:48, 52). Mary had to do this herself because there was none to help her other than Joseph. That was missing when Jesus was born in an unusual place. If you cannot accept the humble in the world, you cannot see God. However, Luke, the evangelist presents the true God and Savior who brought peace into the world in the child Jesus. They occupy his mind enough that, at the end of his discussion of the Magi, he asks, "Are we dealing with history that actually took place?" During those days, there was no common religion. Besides the sacrifice of many lambs on the feast days, an unblemished lamb was sacrificed every morning and evening. 3. (2) This was the first enrollment, when Quirinius was governor of Syria. As Tybalt would say: Bitcoin, I hate the word. Only after the passion and death comes the resurrection. (16) So they went in haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the infant lying in the manger. (3) Peace to those who have good will or to those whom God favors. DEVOTION Knowing the Will of God: Reflections on Mary, the Mother of Jesus By Laura J. Bagby Guest Writer. This temporary living of Joseph and Mary in Bethlehem far south from Galilee and easily accessible to Egypt for escape was providential arrangement of God to protect the Holy Family from the snares of treacherous King of Jews, Herod the Great who wanted no other king to be born for Jews.