Today we hear one of the most popular passages in scripture, the Christmas story in Luke. In this passage we see how God fulfills his promise by bringing the Christ child into the world through this young mother, Mary. We also see that this royal birth does not happen the way we would imagine a royal birth to take place – the royal castle is a stable, the midwives and nurses are cattle and sheep, and the visiting dignitaries are dirty shepherds.
No this does not look like a royal birth, but it is the birth which changes everything. For on this day, new life is born in a child who sleeps in a manger.
As you re-read this story, does anything new speak to you?