READING Luke 2:1-21
Nine months had passed – and for Mary, those months probably felt even longer than usual. To be unmarried and pregnant in that time was a recipe for a life of shame and solitude. There must have been countless moments when Mary wondered why God had chosen her – but God always chooses the unlikeliest people to share in His plan. Even on the day Jesus was born, a small squalling baby in a space barely good enough for beasts of burden, God did not choose to announce the joyous news to people who were considered revered, or wealthy, or intelligent. Instead, He announced the entrance of His Son to a group of uneducated shepherds – men who communed more with sheep than with humans. Even in this, God’s message was undeniable: the hope of Jesus extends to all people. That’s Good News not just for the shepherds, but for each and every one of God’s unlikely choices - including each of us.
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.