Shepherds were amongst the most despised of the Jewish people yet the first invitation to pay homage to Jesus was given to them. This, of course, is no accident as Jesus was destined to become The Good Shepherd of us all.
The traditional place of the angel’s visit is the town of Beit Sahur. Originally known as the Village of the Shepherds, it is now an eastern suburb of Bethlehem.
On this sacred site there is a grotto, a low natural cave, in which there is a chapel. We celebrated Christmas Mass here today. Our tour guide Rami says that it is always Christmas in Bethlehem!
A child is born for us today, Alleluia.