Be Not Afraid
1. If you wanted to find God today where might you start looking? Do you think the shepherds were the same people after their experience? Did they understand what the angels said when they went and found Mary and Joseph and the baby in the stable? What enables you to see the divine in the ordinary?
2. In his homily on Christmas Eve, Pope Francis said the Jesus is the meaning of life and history, and he pitched his tent among us. Why does he say the shepherds were the first to see this “tent”?
The shepherds were the first to see this “tent,” to receive the news of Jesus’ birth. They were the first because they were among the last, the outcast. And they were the first because they were awake, keeping watch in the night, guarding their flocks. The pilgrim is bound by duty to keep watch and the shepherds did just that. …
To us the Lord repeats, “do not be afraid!” (Lk 2:10). As the angels said to the shepherds: “do not be afraid!” And I also repeat to all of you: do not be afraid! Our Father is patient, he loves us, he gives us Jesus to guide us on the way which leads to the promised land. Jesus is the light who brightens the darkness. He is mercy: our Father always forgives us. He is our peace. Amen.
Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord
December 24, 2013
SOURCE: Sunday Web Site – Saint Louis University