The Jesse Tree
December 22 of Advent: The Angel and Heavenly Host
A Reading from the Gospel According to Luke (2:8-14):
“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.'”
O King of the Nations, You Who rule the earth had Your birth announced by the angel and heavenly host, who sang praise to God and peace to those in His favor. The message of the angel proclaiming these marvelous events was, “Be not afraid!” No fear can invade the heart of one whose heart is ruled by You. May we stand with courage, unafraid to announce Your saving grace to a world sore in need of grace, of healing, of peace and the freedom from sin won for all by Your sacrifice. Come, Lord Jesus! Amen.
Be Christ for all. Bring Christ to all. See Christ in all.