In our Advent liturgies over the last few weeks, we have been meeting some of those who joyfully shared the good news of the Saviour’s birth. The prophets prepared the people for the coming of the Messiah and the shepherds told all they saw of the good news of the birth of the baby king. The angels were the triumphant messengers of God who shared the good news of the birth of the Saviour with the shepherds. Their message of love and joy can still be heard in our mass today: “Glory to God in the highest and, on earth, peace to people of good will”. Today Year 6 the Angels’ candle, which reminds us of the great love God showed the world when he gave us the gift of his son, Jesus.
A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Luke.
Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to people of good will.” When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.
The Word of the Lord.