8. The Shepherds Told of the Birth of Jesus
Nearby there were shepherds in the fields who were working the night shift over their flocks.
An angel of the Lord stood by them, and the glory of the Lord shone all around them.
But the shepherds were very afraid, as the angel said to them:
Don’t be afraid; for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all the people.
For today, in the city of David, a savior, who is Christ the Lord, has been born.
And this will be the sign: you will find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.
Suddenly, there appeared a host of angels, all praising God and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men in whom he is well pleased.
After the angels had left them and returned to heaven, the shepherds said to each other
Let’s go to Bethlehem right now and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.
They immediately went and found Mary, Joseph and the baby lying in the manger.
When they saw the baby Jesus, they made known what had been told about the child.
Everyone who heard it wondered about the things the shepherds reported.
But Mary kept all these sayings to herself, pondering them in her heart.
Then the shepherds returned to their fields, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen.