All Of Heaven And Earth
Rejoiced At The Birth Of Jesus
"And seeing the star they rejoiced with exceeding great joy."
There are many artistic renditions of the Birth of Jesus, also known as the Nativity.
Choose one that most inspires
you and keep this scene in mind as you meditate on the Birth of Jesus mystery...
Mary and Joseph must travel to Bethlehem to register for a census of the entire Roman Empire.
People are ordered to travel to the town of their ancestors to register. Joseph
(and Mary) are from the family of David and therefore go to Bethlehem, the city of David.
Mary is often depicted as traveling ready to deliver the baby on the back of a small donkey
being led by her loyal and chaste spouse, St. Joseph.
Because so many people are traveling at this time, Joseph and Mary can't find anywhere to stay.
They go from place to place seeking a warm room where the baby can be born.
Time after time the door is closed to them with the words "no room in the inn" echoing
in their ears.
Finally they are offered lodging in a stable.
Jesus, the Son of God, comes into the world in the most lowly and humble of places.
He is born in a stable among livestock and laid in a manger.
It is interesting to note that the word Bethlehem means "house of bread" and Jesus
the "Bread of Life" John 6:35 was born there and laid in a manger, a feeding trough for animals.
This account is a foreshadow of the Institution of the Eucharist.
There are shepherds nearby watching their sheep and suddenly an angel appears to them and says,
"Fear not; for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, that shall be to
all the people: For, this day, is born to you a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord,
in the city of David. And this shall be a sign unto you. You shall find the infant
wrapped in swaddling clothes, and laid in a manger.
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly army,
praising God, and saying:
"Glory to God in the highest; and on earth peace to men of good will." -Luke 2:10-14
The shepherds leaving their flocks are the first to go and worship the baby Jesus.
The shepherds are the first to see Jesus.
The King of kings and Lord of lords humbles Himself to be born in a manger and to
have among his first visitors simple shepherds.
Mary is also truly humble.
She says not a word.
She does not seek attention or praise, rather the Bible says, she "kept all
these things pondering them in her heart." -Luke 2:20
And upon leaving they are the first to bring the Good News of Jesus' birth to the world.
The Magi, or the Three Wise Men come from the east. They are astrologers who
are following a star that is raising up above the place where Jesus is born.
On their travels they stop in Jerusalem and ask King Herod where the king of the
Jews is and say that they have followed his star and come to adore him.
Now King Herod being a jealous man tricks the Three Wise Men into thinking that
he also wants to worship the newborn king.
He tells them he does not know where the baby is but when they find him to return
and tell him so he too may go and worship the baby.
Continuing on their journey, they follow the star to Bethlehem.
"And entering into the house, they found the child with Mary his mother, and falling
down they adored him; and opening their treasures, they offered him gifts; gold,
frankincense, and myrrh." -Matthew 2:11
These three wise men are the first of the Gentiles to visit Jesus.
After the three wise men leave, St. Matthew goes on to say that an angel appears
to St. Joseph in a dream and tells him to flee to Egypt.
King Herod is threatened by the birth of Jesus and tries to kill him.
In Egypt, the Holy Family, Jesus, Mary and Joseph are safe.
When Herod dies, an angel again tells Saint Joseph to go back to Israel because
the baby is now safe.
There was no room for the Prince of Peace in the inns of Bethlehem.
Make room for Him in your heart as you pray this mystery of the Rosary.
The Bible passages for the Birth of Jesus were taken from the timeless Douay-Rheims Catholic Bible.
If you are looking for a more modern language version of the Birth of Jesus, our recommendation would be the
St. Ignatius Press Bible.
If you would like to read the full scriptural account of the birth of Jesus it can be found
in Luke 2:1-20 and Matthew 2:1-16.
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Birth of Jesus...
Below you will find some more reflections on the Birth of Jesus mystery of the rosary. As you pray
the Joyful Mysteries, you will find these meditations on the rosary very helpful to keep
your mind on the life of Jesus.
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Below are some meditations to think about as you pray...
"The WORD was made flesh, and dwelt among us." John 1:14
In going to Bethlehem, Joseph and Mary show that they too were subject to and obeyed
the rules of the civil authorities.
Consider these two Bible passages on hospitality:
- "Let the charity of the brotherhood abide in you.
And hospitality do not forget; for by this some, being not aware of it,
have entertained angels." -Hebrews 13:1-2
- "For I was hungry, and you gave me to eat; I was thirsty,
and you gave me to drink; I was a stranger, and you took me in" -Matthew 25:35
And yet when Mary and Joseph were in Bethlehem, there was "no room in the inn" for the birth of Jesus.
Make room for the Holy Family in your heart and for Jesus in your life.
Start by making room for the Rosary in your day.
Remember hospitality brings many blessings.
The shepherds are another example for all to follow. They were chosen by God to be the first
to worship Jesus.
What was it about them that pleased God?
Why were they given such a wonderful reward?
Shepherds are humble and devoted.
Imitate them by being humble and by being devoted to your duties whatever they may be.
Above all God values a simple faith and sincere goodness.
Jesus was humble.
He chose a humble woman to be His mother.
He was born in a stable among the animals.
His first visitors were not heads of state...
No...they were shepherds.
It was practically a crime for shepherds to leave their flocks.
The message from the angel must have been truly compelling.
The birth of our Lord brings, "tidings of great joy". -Luke 2:10
"Glory to God and peace to men of good will." -Luke 2:14.
Peace is given to those who merit it.
Just as the shepherds went with haste to worship Him, you too can worship Him.
Even now He is truly dwelling among us in the tabernacles of Catholic Churches.
Go make a visit to Jesus Who is truly present there hidden for love of you under
the appearance of bread.
The shepherds were the first preachers of the Good News...
"And all that heard, wondered; and at those things that were told them by the shepherds."
Try to react as their first audience may have.
Imagine the wonder and awe that was experienced upon hearing the news of this wonderful event.
The most beautiful example of all in this account comes from Mary.
"But Mary kept all these words, pondering them in her heart." -Luke 2:20.
You too must keep the story of Christmas and all that Jesus did within your heart
and ponder it often by praying the Rosary.
Prayer After Meditation On
Birth Of Jesus...
God the Father, Thank you for sending your only Son to the world to save my soul.
Help me to appreciate this great gift from you and to share it with others that they may too come to
know your Son Jesus.
As the events in the life of Jesus unfold, guide me along His ways and to never
stray from His message of peace and love.
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Catholic Mysteries Of The Rosary
Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary
The Joyful Mysteries are taken mostly from St. Luke's Gospel in the New Testament.
They involve the joyful events of Jesus' childhood.
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The Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary remind you of how much Jesus
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man hath, that a man lay down his life for his friends."
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The Glorious Mysteries are the crown of Jesus' triumphs. How
exhilarating to know that Jesus is God and that He rose from the dead,
making you an heir to Heaven. Reminding yourself of these glorious
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