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.” (Luke 2:15)
At that time Mary got ready and went in haste to a town in the hill country of Judea, where she entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth. (Luke 1:39-40)
The shepherds and Mary went in haste to share the joy of what they had awakened to; the good news of God with us. Mary met her cousin who blessed her, but then she returned to her village that would have killed her if not for Joseph’s act of mercy. The shepherds ran and found the infant Christ, but then returned to flocks and fields and a life of poverty. Perhaps they encountered the ridicule of their peers or worse, benign indifference. But everything had changed.
“Today, if you hear his voice,do not harden your hearts…” (Hebrews 3:15)
If I awaken to God with me, will I run in haste to share the good news, or will I turn over and go back to sleep, fearful of the reaction I might receive?
“One aspect of becoming a Christian is having to leave behind what everyone else thinks and wants, the prevailing standards, in order to enter the light of the truth of your being, and aided by that light to find the right path.”
– Pope Benedict XVI