Every year I wonder, what can I possibly say that would be new? I know that there is really nothing new to say, but I still try to find new ways to share the message of the birth of Christ. This year I decided to try to imagine what it would be like watching the events from heaven. The following is a conversation between two angels. One angel is in italics. I also have a video and will post that soon.
Well, I have heard something, but it doesn’t make any sense. They say he went to talk to a young woman named Mary. He told her that she was going to bear the Son of God. But that does not make any sense. That seems like a drastic measure. To send the Son of God down as a baby is risky. Anything could happen. It’s not safe. Maybe that is why the heavenly host is going down. They will be the body guards for the baby.
Shhh….it’s happening now.
Wait…..who are they talking to? Are they talking to shepherds? Why are they talking to shepherds? No one is going to get the message if they are talking to shepherds. No one listens to shepherds.
Shhhh….we won’t be able to hear it if you keep jabbering.
Choir says together:
“Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favors!”
What could they mean? Why are they bringing joy? I thought God was disappointed. This does not make any sense.
They should have done that moving fire that our Lord used to lead Moses and his people out of Egypt. Fire always gets people’s attention. What is a little baby going to do?
Our Lord likes to think outside of the box. Maybe since nothing else has really worked, he decided to shake things up a bit. I am sure this baby is more than just your average baby, not that all babies aren’t always cute, but this is the Son of God.
What was it again that Gabriel told the girl…Mary?
He told her that she would conceive a son, and she will name him Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his ancestor David. He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.
Woh! That is huge news. This Mary must be very powerful. She must be a married to a king.
That’s the thing, she is not married. She is young and has very little. She is a peasant. But I have heard that she is very holy. She is one of God’s favorites. Our Lord told me that she has been especially chosen.
That is a huge job. Hey look, the shepherds are moving. They looked pretty scared when all those angels were talking. Angels can be a little showy at times. They really like to make an entrance. No wonder the shepherds were terrified.
Just because you did not get chosen is no reason to be critical. They needed to be sure to get their attention. How else would you convince a bunch of shepherds that the savoir of humanity is about to be born to an unmarried peasant in a barn? I mean really, you can’t make this stuff up.
I hope they find him.
I am sure our Lord will make sure they do. Obviously he wanted those shepherds to be the first to greet the new baby. Wait….it really is barn. Do you see the baby?
They put our Lord’s son, the hope of all humanity, in animal feeding trough? What are they thinking?
Maybe that is why our Lord chose these regular people to bear witness to this miracle. This is why he chose a baby to be his representative on earth. It is the only way people are going to hear. If they listen, they will come to know God as we know God.
Do you think the baby will be safe?
I don’t know if he will be safe. I am sure Mary and Joseph will keep him safe for as long as they can, but as soon as people realize who he is, as soon as he starts sharing God’s message, he is no longer safe.
Maybe God will send the heavenly host down when things get dangerous. Our Lord can protect anyone.
I don’t think that’s his plan this time around. I think Jesus will grow up with the people and he will love them just as our Lord loves them. Maybe our Lord realized that the other ways of communicating with his people wasn’t really working. They needed to experience our Lord’s love up close and personal.
It cannot be safe. I am worried for him. What if it doesn’t work?
Even we do not know what will come of this, but our Lord has a plan. It’s a different kind of plan than we are used to. It’s so crazy, it might just work.