Sunday, December 21, 2008

OF THE BIRTH OF CHRIST OUR LORD



St. Luke speaks in the second Chapter [1-15]

In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that the whole world should be enrolled. This was the first enrollment, when Quirinius was governor of Syria. So all went to be enrolled, each to his own town. And Joseph too went up from Galilee from the town of Nazareth to Judea, to the city of David that is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David, to be enrolled with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. While they were there, the time came for her to have her child, and she gave birth to her firstborn son. She wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. Now there were shepherds in that region living in the fields and keeping the night watch over their flock. The angel of the Lord appeared to them and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were struck with great fear. The angel said to them, "Do not be afraid; for behold, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For today in the city of David a savior has been born for you who is Messiah and Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find an infant wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger." And suddenly there was a multitude of the heavenly host with the angel, praising God and saying: "Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests."

First Point.

First:

Our Lady and her husband Joseph go from Nazareth to Bethlehem.

“Joseph went up from Galilee to Bethlehem, to acknowledge subjection to Caesar, with Mary his spouse and wife, already with child.”

Second Point.

Second:

“She brought forth her first-born Son and wrapped Him up with swaddling clothes and laid Him in the manger.”

Third Point.

Third:

“There came a multitude of the heavenly army, which said:

‘Glory be to God in the heavens.’”

Link (here)

St. Francis Xavier, S.J.

on the Birth of our Lord

1 comment:

Average Christian said...

Joseph

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