When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, ‘Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.’ So they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the child lying in the manger. When they saw this, they made known what had been told them about this child; and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds told them. But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.
Reflection by Lynne Buell
Shepherding was considered to be on the bottom rung of the social ladder at the time Luke was referring to in this scripture. They were stereotyped as liars, degenerates, and thieves. Shepherds were depicted as unclean since their duties kept them out in the fields. Isn’t it a wonder why God would send the angels to these outsiders to give them the good news of Jesus’ birth? How appropriate for God to reach out to these outcasts who felt shunned by society and God. I think this is the first time I ever really thought about the connection between the shepherds and Jesus’ birth. Jesus was born among people who were humble and poor in conditions less favorable for a King. The birth of Jesus Christ brought hope and joy to the Shepherds first, and this stunning news was not spread by nobles and bigwigs, but by the underprivileged people. To this day, God does not give up on any of us.
This is the good news that brings us new life. Thanks be to God. Amen.