Jan. 9. Jesus’ Birth Proclaimed to Shepherds

Lk. 2:8-20

A short distance from town, there was a group of shepherds tending their sheep that night and they had a strange experience. An angel of the Lord appeared to them with the glory of the Lord shining about them and they were greatly afraid. The angel told the shepherds to not be afraid because they had some great news. “For there is born to you this day in the city of David, a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.”

These shepherds were so excited, that they did not wait until daylight, but left immediately to see the baby Jesus. While they were there, they told about the angel appearing and everyone was amazed at this. Mary did not say anything, but she knew that she was the mother of a very special Child. The shepherds then returned to their sheep glorifying and praising God for all that they had seen and heard.