Christmas Story Meditation — The Message from the Angels
“[T]he angel said to them, ‘do not be afraid; for see–I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger.” Luke 2:10-12.
For all the times I have heard these words, I have only recently noticed the pronoun. The word “you” appears four times in two sentences. Christ didn’t come for himself, or for someone else, he came for you, for each one of us. If we don’t hear this story as our story too, it can’t touch us, move us, shake us or change us. God became a person in order to enter into a personal relationship with each one of us, and to dwell within us. No space is too dark, too lowly, too ordinary or too humble.
God enters human life heralded by angels, and, Christ happens in the midst of the ordinary, in daily life, the political, the sublime and the absurd. In the midst of all that human messiness and pain, the birth of Jesus comes as God’s love letter to the world. The shepherds allow themselves to be guided to the manger, and there they find all that was promised them. The babe in the manger waits for us, waits to be born in us. What is our response?
“And suddenly, there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying,
‘Glory to God in the highest heaven,
And on earth peace and good will toward all!