Day 18

Day 18

Luke 2:8 

In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night.  Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and they were terrified.  But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid – see I am bringing you good news of great joy for all people.’

Shepherds minding their own business, getting on with what shepherds do! Everything was about to change, I expect for those shepherds nothing was ever the same again.

In Nativity plays I’ve planned and organised over the years usually major roles were filled, angels chosen, and then “everyone else can be shepherds; how many tea towels do we need to cover heads this year?”

And yet it is this passage in Luke that I love so much. That Angels were first sent to the shepherds, perhaps as some believe because they represent the most humble peoples. Maybe, because they were the shepherds rearing the sheep for temple sacrifices that would no longer be needed after the one born that night would die on a cross.

Whatever the reason, the angels came in the darkness of night and announce the birth of the long awaited Saviour, the light of the world. I cannot imagine how they felt hearing the ‘Good News of Great Joy’. This passage always brings tears to my eyes!

They heard, they rushed to see Jesus, they spread the good news. Let us prioritise meeting with Jesus and spreading the good news that Emmanuel, God is with us!

Letitia C

  • Church of England.
  • Diocese of York.