Christmas Week

Suddenly, the night became glorious. An angel appeared, proclaiming the joyous news of our Savior’s birth. It must have seemed puzzling to the shepherds when the angel said that they would find the Lord in a manger (a manger? the feeding trough for livestock?!). In haste, the shepherds went to Bethlehem to see. Finding everything just as the angel had described, they glorified and praised God. Magi later came with gifts for the newborn King. During the ritual Presentation of the Lord in the temple, a holy man named Simeon recognized Jesus as the Christ. An angel directed Joseph to take the Holy Family to Egypt, fleeing the danger of King Herod’s determination to destroy Jesus. Do we look for the Lord at all times, even in unlikely places, and flee from the dangers of sin to follow the way prepared for us?