In the Gospel for the Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, the Shepherds go to Bethlehem to find the Savior whose birth the Angels announced to them.  They find the infant Jesus lying in a manger.  “Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, just as it had been told to them” (Luke 2: 20).  The Shepherds are eager to tell others about the angelic good news.  Born is the Savior who brings God’s peace to the world.  The lowly shepherds are unlikely messengers of the birth of a Savior of the World.  They find the Savior in an unlikely place.  Christians still find the peace of God in unlikely people and places.  My family, like other families, struggles with dysfunction.  Nevertheless, I experienced a profound peace during the family get-togethers this Christmas.  God’s peace is with us in our wounded relationships, struggles with addictions, recoveries from illnesses, and certainly in a newborn grand niece.  Like the shepherds, I share this good news of God’s peace in my life.  What good news  about God’s peace do you have to share?

 

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