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There are three elements in this song: (1)   Declaration of the glory of God. Mary had to do this herself because there was none to help her other than Joseph. Home; About; Home Reflection on St. John the Baptist. Mary, the mother of God, is a more challenging model for any age, ours most especially. We need to trust the representatives of God and go to church for communal worship where Jesus humbly comes down and offers sacrifice for us. The thought that Matthew and Luke derive from different and sometimes incompatible sources does not appeal to him. At the end of this elegant little volume, Benedict indirectly suggests the kind of answer he would recommend to such questions. Emperor was considered as god or son of god. 18:15-16) and he shall inherit a double share of his father’s property (Deut. So they travelled more than 80 miles, that took many days, from Nazareth to Bethlehem, the birthplace of David. Learn more here, Copyright © The National Catholic Reporter Publishing Company | 115 E. Armour Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64111 | 1-800-444-8910, A mosaic in the Basilica of the Annunciation in Nazareth, Israel, depicts the angel Gabriel appearing to Mary. But Jesus came in a manger among the animals and worshipped by poor shepherds. 12/25/2010 09:08 am ET Updated May 25, 2011 Not long ago, two young children helped me see the Nativity of Jesus in a new way. (2) This was the first enrollment, when Quirinius was governor of Syria. The shepherds become the first evangelizers of Jesus. 2. They considered it as the message from God. Yet planetary convergence is not rare; a later dating -- another scholarly option -- can be approved by observing the alignment of Saturn and Mars by Oct. 23 in 2 A.D. He concludes, citing Cardinal Jean Daniélou, that no essential of faith would suffer if Matthew were more a theological meditation than a statement of fact, but that in the end history and interpretation are combined in Matthew. 3. (11) For today in the city of David a savior has been born for you who is Messiah and Lord. Christmas reflection: on the importance of Jesus' birth Observe the contrast between the real and the apparent importance of the Birth of Christ. Thus they reject perpetual joy and seek temporary happiness that will lead them to everlasting discontent. The announcement of the birth of Jesus did not happen to the high priest or the king, but to the humble shepherds who were of low social and religious status. (18) All who heard it were amazed by what had been told them by the shepherds. The Manger. Jesus, the “Son of David” was also wrapped in the same manner. 21:17). An eclectic collection of faith, technology, motorcycles & puppies! Less successfully, he tries to square Luke's reference to a stable at an inn with the later legend that Jesus was born in a cave. The ox and ass who face the manger might warm the baby in the cold winter. Jesus associated humility with holiness. Because of Mary’s advanced pregnancy, Joseph and Mary traveled slow. However, God provided for it by sending his heavenly hosts to do the song. The prophesy would have failed if the governor had not implemented the order of the emperor at that time or if Joseph and Mary had delayed their journey to Bethlehem. (16) So they went in haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the infant lying in the manger. Lord is applied to Jesus and to Yahweh. SyroMalabar Church Liturgical Seasons and Mass Readings in English and Malayalam. Angels invited shepherds and their sacrificial lambs when the divine shepherd and final lamb for sacrifice was born. (1) In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that the whole world should be enrolled. Jesus, the promised eternal king of the universe was born in the native place of David and known as the “Son of David.”. Some Fathers believe that this angel was Gabriel who appeared earlier to Zechariah and to Mary. Prefer eternal joy to temporal happiness. Benedict does not wade too deeply into such weeds, yet he is well aware they are present. 9 Unstoppable Technology Trends That May Define Ou... Christmas reflection: on the importance of Jesus' ... UK bank regulator compares buying Bitcoin to gambling, Classic Moby is back: "Like a motherless child". Why the message was communicated to the humble shepherds? Mary was the firsthand source to give these details. Though called for a noble task, life of Joseph and Mary were not comfortable in this world. Fathers of the Church taught that Jesus was born while his mother’s womb was closed. Their presence in my life made the Christmas story an entirely new experience. The angel announces the birth of Jesus and describes him in three words: Savior, Messiah and Lord. According to the Jewish law, the firstborn son had special rights and privileges. Since a manger is a feeding trough for animals it has always been assumed that Jesus was born in some sort of stable. History of St. Thomas SyroMalabar Catholic Diocese of Chicago, established by His Holiness Pope John Paul II on March 13, 2001. To Benedict's mind, Mary and the church are at one, because each confronts an opportunity to say yes to God in the midst of uncertainty. What a miserable situation for the Holy Family! His mother Mary had hardships at his birth and death. Like the parents of Jesus, we too have a mission in this world for him. While adopting the humility of Jesus, we need to teach our children the value of humility from their young age. We sing this at the beginning of the Holy Mass reminding the birth of Jesus and the song of the angels. So one who travels from the north to the south was climbing up and that was felt more because Joseph and Mary were walking or traveling on an animal. Messiah in Greek and Christ in Hebrew means the anointed. They had an extraordinary experience that they could not hold within their heart. That was the best available place to hold the baby with straw forming a warm bed. Kevin Mundackal and Br. (3) So all went to be enrolled, each to his own town.

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