A Pleasant Surprise!

When they saw the Child they repeated what they had been told about Him, and everyone who heard it was astonished ...

Luke 2:17-18
Numbers 6:22-27; Psalms 67:2-3,5-6,8; Galatians 4:4-7; Luke 2:16-21

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Octave of Christmas, C

A man who made a great deal of money in New York and who resided there for many years bought a burial plot in a New York cemetery. Later, he retired and moved to Florida, and after several years, he bought a burial plot there. A few months later he became gravely ill. His relatives gathered at his bedside to offer their farewells. In a very delicate manner one of them asked, “Sir, we think that you will be with us for a while but, just in case, do you want to be buried in the cemetery in New York or in the burial plot you own here in Florida?”

The dying man raised his head and said, “Surprise me!”

It is often said that “Life is full of surprises.” In each of our individual lives, we have learned to expect the unexpected. And, as we learn in today’s Gospel Lesson, the story of the life of Jesus is full of surprises, from the very…

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