Numbers 6:22-27; Psalm 67:2-3,5-6,8; Galatians 4:4-7; Luke 2:16-21
In today’s Lesson, an angel of the Lord appears to the shepherds in the field, saying: “I bring you good news of great joy, a joy to be shared by the whole people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord” (Lk. 2:10). And the shepherds “hurried away, and found Mary and Joseph, and the Baby lying in the manger. Then they returned to the field “glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen” (Lk. 2:16,20).
Glorifying and praising God for the supreme blessing of the Savior’s Presence in our midst, we greet one another on this day, saying, “Happy New Year.”
On this first day of the first month of the new year, let me remind you that January gets its name from the Roman god, Janus or Januarius. This pagan god was represented as having two heads and two pairs of eyes. Each head faced in the opposite…