Danny Soliz, Lay Leader-elect
“But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid; for see – I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people.’ ” - Luke 2: 10
When I read the birth narrative in Luke’s Gospel, it is easy for me to imagine how difficult and desperate life must have been at that time. Every day must have been a struggle to obtain the minimum provisions needed to survive. And yet, in the midst of these troubled times, there was among the Jewish people an expectation that a Messiah would come, a savior. But, when would that Messiah come and how would they know if the Messiah had arrived?
One night, some very ordinary people – shepherds – were in the fields tending their flocks, and quite unexpectedly they receive a revelation from God. The savior had come! The shepherds were obviously terrified, but the angel of God reassured them that the message revealed to them was good news and would be the cause of great joy among all people, including them.
Civilization has progressed considerably since the birth of Jesus. Yet, despite all the advancements made, the world remains a difficult and desperate place in so many ways. Many situations that are political, social, economic and even religious are challenging us, distracting us and, in some cases, overwhelming us and keeping us from focusing on what is most important.
You and I have been given good news, which is that our savior has come. This news should be of joy to us. Joy, in this sense, is not just greater happiness but an assurance that all will be well because of what God – through Jesus Christ – is doing and will do in the world … and especially in our individual lives. Let’s let Christ be born in us again this season so that we can boldly go out and tell others the good news so that they, too, will be able to replace any fear in their lives with joy!
- What has you distracted this holiday season?
- How are you receiving the good news?
- What are you doing to share the good news of Jesus’ birth with others?