“When We Have Heard and Seen All the Things 我們聽了和看過這一切成就之事以後…“（Luke 路加福音2:15-20）
… 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.’ So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child … But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.
… 那些牧人彼此說：“我們往伯利恆去，看看主所指示我們已經成就的事。”他們急忙去了，找到馬利亞、約瑟和那臥在馬槽裡的嬰孩。他們見過以後，就把天使對他們論這孩子的話傳開了。… 馬利亞把這一切放在心裡，反複思想。牧人因為聽見的和看見的，正像天使對他們所說的一樣，就回去了，把榮耀讚美歸與神。
The shepherds did not hesitate at all to check what God has told them about. A baby lying in a manger was a strange sight and the specific sign they were told to look for. They no longer heard or saw angels but they had the abiding encounter with Jesus. The combination of the angelic announcement and such specific sign inspired them to tell as many as they could of what they heard and experienced. The good news of the shepherds amazed all who heard it and recognized that something significant had happened. Reacting differently from either the shepherds or those who heard them, Mary calmly took it all in and meditated over it seeking to understand all its deep meaning. The shepherds had such happiness and praise to God because the word was fulfilled just as it was told.
Prayer: Gracious and Loving God, indeed how lovely it was that the shepherds who looked after the Temple lambs were the first to see the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. Thank you that having no discrimination among persons, you revealed this grand mystery to the shepherds and the ‘wise’ men (Magi); the one poor, the other rich; the one unlearned, the other learned; the one Jews, the other Gentiles; the one near, the other far off. Thank you for reminding us that even though some might have encounters with angels, angels may go but Jesus remains. Praise you for working through all kinds of people and all kinds of events to accomplish your marvellous plan. Amen.