I can just imagine the look on some cow’s faces when they looked down at their manger and found a baby instead of the usual morning oats. “Where did You come from and how did You get here? I am sure that was their unspoken puzzled words. If we would also deeply think about the MIRACLE behind this birth---we would be asking this too!
The Third Joyful Mystery:
The Birth of our Lord, Jesus Christ
Luke 2: verses 1 to 14 In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that the whole world should be enrolled. This was the first enrollment, when Quirinius was governor of Syria. So all went to be enrolled, each to his own town. And Joseph, too, went up from Galilee from the town of Nazareth to Judea, to the city of David that is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David, to be enrolled with Mary. While they were there, the time came for her to have her child, and she gave birth to her firstborn son. She wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manager, because there was no room for them in the inn. Now there were shepherds in that region living in the fields and keeping the night watch over their flock. The angel of the Lord appeared to them and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were struck with great fear. The angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I proclaim to you good News of great joy that will be for all the people. For today in the city of David a Savior has been born for you Who is Messiah and Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find an infant wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger. And suddenly there was a multitude of the heavenly host with the angel, praising God and saying: “Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to those on whom His favor rests.”
“You lead us and guide us Lord, may we be willing to follow no matter what the trip entails.”
Let us not count the cost, or need every detail planned before we go.
“Father, may we trust in You to provide all we need on our way, even if it’s only a donkey that You choose to provide.” *Hail Mary
“Lord, may we always welcome You in our hearts and keep You safe there and protect this Precious Life from the storms that come.” *Hail Mary
May we also welcome strangers and see their needs and be quick to respond.
“Help us Lord to respect the laws of the civil authorities and not complain.”
May our lives be simple, so we may see the beauty in stable mangers!
How beautiful to see, first You lay in a feeding trough, and then we find You in Eucharistic Bread.
Like the shepherds, may we keep watch for You in the ordinary work, in everyday life.
“Lord, let us not be afraid, as the shepherds were, let us desire Your presence and come into the Glory of God,
and praise His Name!”
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be world without end. Amen.
Beloved of God, more than any perfect gift that we strive to find, buy and give to someone---it is the gift of love, understanding, forgiveness, and listening that is desired the most by every person who lives. Give the gift of your time—yourself and telling someone—“You are a priceless gift to me, and I thank God for your presence in my life.”
*These meditations on the Mysteries of the Rosary were inspired and written down in a book I wrote titled “Crown of Roses.”