The Nativity of Our Lord

We’ve arrived. And so has the fulfillment of our great hopes and expectations. God’s Messiah has come into the world–though in the most unexpected of ways. The one chosen to redeem God’s people has been born in all the squalor and unpretentiousness of a feeding trough. (What a mysterious God…) Let us pray:

Almighty God, you have given your only-begotten Son to take our nature upon him, and to be born this day of a pure virgin: Grant that I, who have been born again and made your child by adoption and grace, may daily be renewed by your Holy Spirit; through my Lord Jesus Christ, to whom with you and the same Spirit be honor and glory, now and for ever. Amen.

-From Phyllis Tickle’s Divine Hours

May the Lord bless you and keep you. May He make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you. May He turn His face toward you and give you shalom. Go in peace.

P.S. See Anthony Bradley‘s very interesting reflection on the situation of Jesus’ birth and the modern urban ghetto.


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