Third Sunday in Advent

 

The Light of Joy that unexpectedly brightened

the hearts of a Humble Band of Shepherds

 

 

Up until now, everything has been in the future tense: anticipation; promises by the prophets; preparation by angels of the principle characters – Mary, Joseph, Zechariah. Now the “future” becomes present tense in the form of an announcement: “Today, in the city of David, a Savior has been born to you.”

This week we explore the richness of God’s choice to announce His Coming to a “humble band of shepherds.” He who called Himself both “shepherd” and “lamb” came to the unsuspecting shepherds who were, quite simply, doing their task – “watching their sheep by night.” All of history is concentrated in this moment: even to the very dating of time: B.C. and A.D..

Our focus is likewise on the shepherds’ response to the good news the angels proclaimed: “go to Bethlehem; see for themselves”. Their response to the Christ-child was to return home, glorifying and praising God. What should be our heart’s response to the Good news?

This week. acknowledging the ultimate mission of the Christ Incarnate to be the perfect and complete sacrificial Lamb, let us likewise explore with Lilias His paradoxical role as the Good Shepherd then – and now.

You, Lord, are both Lamb and Shepherd. You, Lord, are both prince and slave.

You, peacemaker and swordbringer of the way you took and and gave.

You, the everlasting instant; You, whom we both scorn and crave.

You, who walk each day beside us, sit in power at God’s side. You, who preach a way that’s narrow, have a love that reaches wide. You, the everlasting instant; You, who are our pilgrim guide.

. “Christus Paradox,” Alfred Fedak

SCRIPTURE

Luke 2:8-20

 

 

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