Biblical Moment 20: Visiting Shepherds’ Field during the day of Christmas Eve!!!

Biblical Moment No. 20 of Andy’s Spiritual Journey to Israel & Palestine… visiting the Shepherds’ Field during the day of Christmas Eve … a little over a mile from the Church of the Nativity where Jesus was born in a grotto or small cave… the shepherd’s came to see Baby Jesus and worship and glorify Him… what a glorious night that must have been… but no different than this night… being in Bethlehem for the Midnight Mass in the adjoining St. Catherine’s Church presided by Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem… here are the biblical references of shepherds from the fields coming to the manger to pay homage to Baby Jesus:

“And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night… And it came to pass, when the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem and see this thing which has come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us… And all those who heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds… And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.”—Luke 2:8, 15, 18, & 20

“The Angel of the Lord appeared to the shepherds and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were struck with great fear. The angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For today in the city of David a Savior has been born for you who is Messiah and Lord. And suddenly there was a multitude of the Heavenly Host with the Angel, praising God and saying: “Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”—Luke 2:9-11,13,14


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