Luke 2: 16-21
The Seventh Day in the Octave of Christmas
In Mary's presence, I will strive to "sing this new song" (the Christian virtue I have determined to cultivate) today by making a special effort in one aspect of living this virtue.
Lord, you are my
friend, my Father, and my protector. I come to you on this new day confident in your presence. I
renew my love for you, trusting in your guiding hand.
Lord, I want
to hear the angels sing. Help me learn to listen.
1. Sometimes We Need a Little
Would the shepherds have been impressed to find Mary, Joseph, and the child Jesus if
the angels had not explained what was happening? They would have just thought it was a poor,
vagabond family—unimpressive and unassuming like their own lives as shepherds. Yet the angels opened
them to a reality that they would never have imagined or perceived. In my life God has also sent me
angels who help me discover him: the faith of a parent or grandparent, the sweet, innocent faith of
a child, the good example of a friend, a teacher, a priest or a nun, the example of our Holy Father.
Mary also teaches me to discover God in her Son. Do I thank God for these angels that he has sent
me? Do I follow their advice and look for Christ in the simple, ordinary circumstances of my
2. Hints of a New Song:
In a symphony, the first movement only hints at
the central theme. Mary had first heard this theme from the angel Gabriel. Now the shepherds take up
this theme—the hymn of the angels—and even though the shepherds play their part with great
enthusiasm, it probably makes very little noise outside the little town of Bethlehem. Yet the song
had begun, and it would grow to a crescendo as Christ lived out his mission. History unfolds God's
mysterious plan of salvation. I am part of that history, of that symphony. Do I do my best to
continue Mary's song, God's song, by living my commitments and taking part in apostolate?
3. And His Name Shall Be "God Saves" Mary and Joseph take up the hymn. They know the
This child will save Israel and will save all mankind. They begin to explain to the
world, using an ancient name, Joshua (Yeshua), a name that now becomes not just a promise but a
person. This is God's new name. This is Our God: God Saves. He is not merely a God who is the source
of everything. Our God is intimately committed to us, and he puts himself "in the line of fire" to
save us. Man had suspected that God was Creator, and the Jews had received the surprise of his
friendship, but neither Gentile nor Jew dreamed that God was also this type of love. Do I dare to
dream of God's goodness? Do I let Christ give me peace and hope in the midst of this despairing
Conversation with Christ:
Lord, I have heard something new today.
me this Christmas that it is time for a new song,
a song of
confidence and hope. Mary teaches me this song,
this good news. I want to bring this good
deeply into my life. I know that you are helping me to
more each day. Help me also discover you to others.
presence, I will strive to "sing this new song" (the Christian virtue I have determined to
cultivate) today by making a special effort in one aspect of living this virtue.