Surely Joy Is In This Place, Help Us Notice!

My Window on God's World

The title of my reflection is an adaptation of the theme of General Council this summer, which was “Surely God is In This Place, Help Me Notice!” But since we are focusing on joy this week, I changed it… I also changed the ‘Help Me Notice’ to ‘Help Us Notice.’ Because we are a community of faith… and what we focus on and talk about impacts each other.

The shepherds in Luke’s gospel were the first to receive the news about Jesus being born… the shepherds… lowly migrant workers… quite possibly smelly and dirty… but protective and strong…

Let’s listen as the story unfolds in Luke 2: 8-20 as told by Linus in A Charlie Brown Christmas:

8 In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night.

9 Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the…

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