Let us imagine the first Christmas story when the shepherds first heard the angels proclaiming the birth of the Messiah. What if they decided to stay in the fields and repeated the message of the angels to themselves. Imagine this conversation:
“Let us gather together here and bring in our drums and trumpets, and sing the same songs that we heard from the angels. Let us dance here in the fields and worship our God just like the angels did.”
We do not know what would happen if the shepherds did this. There is no way of knowing. We would only end up speculating about could happen. For me, I am glad that the shepherds did not do this. Instead, they went out and followed the command of the angels to go to the city to see the Messiah.
Our Lectionary Gospel Reading for this Christmas Sunday is from Luke 2:8-20. Here we can read the obedience and joy of the shepherds on that first Christmas Day.
So, what are your “acts of obedience” for this Christmas 2022? May we respond in joy and worship, just like the shepherds did in Luke 2:20, where it says: “And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.”