How will you respond to Jesus’ arrival?

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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 the 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.

Luke 2:16-19

During your Advent preparations and Christmas celebrations, have you learned something new about Jesus or understood something about the incarnation differently? Share that new insight with one other person.

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Going Deeper

Read Luke 2:8-20.

In this passage, we see two different responses to Jesus’ birth. The shepherds immediately told everyone about the message they received from the angel and the child they found wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger, just as the angel had said. Even when they returned to their day jobs, they did so “glorifying and praising God.” How can you imitate the shepherds? Can you tell a friend or family member how you have experienced Christ in your life? Maybe you can share the story on social media. After you’ve had an experience of God’s presence, do you go back to business as usual? How can you glorify and praise God in and through your daily routine?

In contrast, Mary “kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart.” In order to hear and recognize God’s voice and action in our lives, we have to take time to be quiet and reflect. Can you spare fifteen minutes? Turn off the radio and the television. Find a quiet spot with few distractions. Think back over the events of the past two days—both in your life and in the lives of Mary, Joseph, and Jesus. Then spend five minutes resting in the presence of God. You don’t have to do or say anything. Just be with God.

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