Though Christmas often focuses on the family and gifts, there dwells a constant theme that the Child of Bethlehem is for the whole world. The angels announce that the good news of great joy is “for all people” and the heavenly choir sings, “Glory to God in the highest heaven and on earth peace, good will among people” (Luke 2:10, 14). There is a global and life-changing, world-changing context to this Birth in Bethlehem.
—Larry J. Peacock, The Living Nativity: Preparing for Christmas with Saint Francis (Upper Room Books, 2018)
“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: to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord.”
—Luke 2:10-11 (NRSV)
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