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Nativity of the Lord (Mass during the Night)

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Lectionary: 14
Read the Gospel: Luke 2:1-14

Gospel Summary
Joseph, Mary, and their unborn child are on their way to be enrolled in Bethlehem. While in Bethlehem, Mary gave birth to her son. The angel of the Lord appeared to shepherds in the field and told them the good news of the birth of the savior. The angel told them they would find the infant “wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.”

Reflection for Parents
The angel brought good news to the shepherds, who were not well-respected members of society in Jesus’ time. On this Christmas Day be mindful of the ways good news is brought to you and by whom. Be mindful of the opportunities you have to share the Good News of Christmas with others. Make the words of the heavenly host your words of prayer today: “Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

Bringing the Gospel into Your Family
Take time today to gather your family around the Christmas tree, and retell the Christmas story as told in today’s Gospel reading. Invite family members to take the parts of Mary, Joseph, the shepherds, and the angels. Have the characters dress in simple costumes such as robes and headpieces. Conclude by singing together a Christmas carol or Gloria in praise to God. 

Discussion Starters

  1. Someone who shared good news with me this past week was . . . He/She told me . . .
  2. Someone I know who needs to hear the Good News of Christmas is . . . because . . .
  3. I want to give glory to God today for . . .

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