Personal Reflection 

Gospel Reading Luke 2:15-20

When the angels went away from them to heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go, then, to Bethlehem to see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.” So they went in haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the infant lying in the manger. When they saw this, they made known the message that had been told them about this child. All who heard it were amazed by what had been told them by the shepherds. And Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart. Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, just as it had been told to them.

Sharing the Mission

The only gift we can offer our newborn Saviour is our hearts within which lie our wills. Aligning our wills ever more closely with his will, at all times and in all circumstances, is the only gift we can offer our Saviour on Christmas day and ever y other day throughout the year. In the words of Cardinal Newman: “May each Christmas as it comes find us more and more like him who at this time became a little child f or our sake, more humble, more holy, more happy and more full of God.

Prayer

(Leader) On this day, joy was reborn into the world,

(Together) May we share the joy of Christ with everyone.

(Leader) On this day, hope was reborn into the world,

(Together) May we bring the hope of Christ to those most in need.

(Leader) On this day, love was reborn into the world,

(Together) May we bring the love of Christ to others in compassion,

(Leader) On this day, peace was reborn into the world,

(Together) May we bring the peace of Christ to our family and our world. Amen