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Wednesday, May 22, 2002

Edifier du jour-The weather's been more like Christmas than May (slight exageration, it's been struggling to break 50 the last week) so Luke 2 seems somewhat fitting. Let's read Luke 2:8-15 again for the first time.
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger." Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
"Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests."
When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let's go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about."
Gloria in excelsis Deo. Let's not forget that there truly is good news of great joy here. Not just for a select few, but for all the world. It's good news for the guy in an Asian sweatshop, an Africa field, a madrassa or a London skyscraper. As the world seeks to divide into groups and subgroups, let's not forget that this gospel, this good news, is for everyone.

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