And She Brought Forth Her Firstborn Son
“And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)
To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.
And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.
And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.” Luke 2:4-8
Father, your ways are not our ways. The mystery of the holy conception remains with you, yet the birth of Mary’s firstborn son, the birth of your beloved Son, is our understandable gift of your saving mercy, of your deep love and grace towards your children.
May we have the hearts of the shepherds, keeping watch for the return of Jesus, as we yield to your holy will with the heart of Mary.
All is well. Alleluia!