A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke 2:16-21
"The shepherds went in haste to Bethlehem and found Mary and Joseph, and the infant lying in the manger. When they saw this, they made known the message that had been told them about this child. All who heard it were amazed by what had been told them by the shepherds. And Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart. Then the shepherds returned glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, just as it had been told to them. When eight days were completed for his circumcision, he was named Jesus, the name given him by the angel before he was conceived in the womb." The Gospel of the Lord
+ Come Holy Spirit beloved of my soul, enlighten, guide, strengthen and console me, tell me what I ought to do and command me to do it. I promise to be submissive to your voice and to all that you let permit to happen to me. Only show me what is Thy most Holy Will. Amen
"The Shepherds went in haste." What does this remind you of? Not too long ago in the Luke 1:39 we read that "Mary went in haste." What is the cause of this haste in both of these instances? Haste is an important word, because it also connotes "mission." In both instances "haste" was the response of encountering the angel sent by God who carried the "mission" proper to the person. When we truly encounter the Lord in the 'messenger' he chooses to reveal Himself and His Will through, the natural response is that "bomb of fire" that so fills the heart and sets one on "fire" to move, to go out, to complete what was given~
What is your mission? Present moment? and vocational?