An Event for Everyone — Luke 2:6-20

Practice Lectio Divina

LECTIO — Take a few deep breaths. Read the text slowly, carefully, with full attention, a few times through.

MEDITATIO — This step is for meditating on the text, pondering it’s meaning, purpose, story. What is the scene like? Colors, smells, sounds, feelings of the people in the passage. Is there a word you are drawn to? Is there something that feels like it is missing? Something that doesn’t make sense?

ORATIO — This is a kind of praying the text, asking the Lord to reveal himself to you through the scriptures, reveal what kind of truth these words could have for you right now. This is to be a back and forth with God, listening and speaking, asking, and hearing, silence.

CONTEMPLATIO — This doesn’t necessarily mean thinking deeply about the text, rather moving out of your head and into an experience of the text, an experience of God, possibly resting in God, being held by the words of scripture,

An Event for Everyone — Luke 2:6-20

While they were there, the time came for her to give birth. She gave birth to a son, her firstborn. She wrapped him in a blanket and laid him in a manger, because there was no room in the hostel.

There were sheepherders camping in the neighborhood. They had set night watches over their sheep. Suddenly, God’s angel stood among them and God’s glory blazed around them. They were terrified. The angel said, “Don’t be afraid. I’m here to announce a great and joyful event that is meant for everybody, worldwide: A Savior has just been born in David’s town, a Savior who is Messiah and Master. This is what you’re to look for: a baby wrapped in a blanket and lying in a manger.”

At once the angel was joined by a huge angelic choir singing God’s praises: Glory to God in the heavenly heights, Peace to all men and women on earth who please him.

As the angel choir withdrew into heaven, the sheepherders talked it over. “Let’s get over to Bethlehem as fast as we can and see for ourselves what God has revealed to us.” They left, running, and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in the manger. Seeing was believing. They told everyone they met what the angels had said about this child. All who heard the sheepherders were impressed.

Mary kept all these things to herself, holding them dear, deep within herself. The sheepherders returned and let loose, glorifying and praising God for everything they had heard and seen. It turned out exactly the way they’d been told!

Dustyrose Belarde