Gospel Reflection for December 25, Christmas Day

The angel said, “You have nothing to fear!  I bring you good news, a great joy to be shared by the whole people for this day in David’s city a savior has been born to you, who is Christ the Lord.”

Luke 2.10-11

Luke’s gospel and the Christmas Liturgy of the Word fill the story of Jesus’ birth with the significance of this whole redemptive life.  The birth narrative is no realistic video in narrative form, but a story carefully crafted to communicate to every hearer the same tiding of great joy the shepherds hear.  A savior has been born to us.  The messiah that Israel has long awaited has come.  God’s own Son is with us.  Each statement proclaims the whole gospel in summary.

Where might Jesus be born today to express God’s willingness to identify with the lowliest among us?

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