Isaiah 7:10-14; Psalms 24:1-3,4-6; Romans 1:1-7; Matthew 1:18-24
As students entered the lunch line at a theological seminary, they walked past a big bowl of delicious-looking red apples. The cafeteria chef had put a sign over it which said, “Take only one apple, Jesus is watching you.”
At the other end of the line there was a large container of freshly-baked chocolate chip cookies. One of the seminarians had put a hastily written sign over it which said, “Take as many cookies as you want, Jesus is back there watching the apples.”
In describing events leading up to the birth of Jesus, Matthew in today’s Gospel Lesson, tells us that “All this took place to fulfill the word spoken by the Lord through the prophets: ‘The Virgin will conceive and give birth to a Son, and they will call Him Immanuel, a Name which means God is with us.'”
That is Good News indeed. Jesus is busy watching the apples and the cookies, and the entire Universe. Jesus, the Good Shepherd, is never…
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