You who dwell in the garden with friends in attendance,let me hear your voice.
Song of Songs 8:13
This week I would like us all to re-read the story we have read a thousand times before. Read, meditate, pray and contemplate. What is the message for you?
8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
15 And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.
16 And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.
Later we read that the Magi – wise men from the East - came to worship the babe.
From this I understand that God is the God of all people, Jew or Gentile, rich or poor. Thus I can say with St Paul: Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice. Philippians 4:4
Peter is a father and a grandfather who has been retired from full time employment for a number of years