December 23, 2016 – From Sr. Karen Bernhardt
“There were shepherds in the fields keeping watch over their flocks by night” Luke 2 This passage that we hear during the Gospel narrative on Christmas night speaks of how “Emmanuel” chose the shepherds who were on the peripheries, to proclaim the good news of the birth of Christ. I was blessed to visit sheepherders in Colorado in 2011 to listen to their stories and hear about their many challenges.
I was so taken by their dedication to their sheep and I learned so much about what it means to be a shepherd.
So as we listen to the unfolding story of the incarnation, let us listen and reflect upon those who
have proclaimed the good news to us and be deeply grateful for their witness that our God is with us.