Let us make our way to Bethlehem

Today’s Antiphon for the Canticle of Zechariah:
The shepherds said to one another: Let us make our way to Bethlehem and see for ourselves this thing which the Lord has revealed to us.[1]

It strikes me that four days after Christmas we start to lose the luster of the meaning of the day. All things start to turn towards the New Year celebrations. This is a worrisome attitude, though not unexpected unfortunately. The gift the angels proclaimed is the greatest gift we can ever have – all humanity – and we need to keep it in front of us at all times. We need to strive to “make our way to Bethlehem” each and every day so that we can live with the joy of that “thing which the Lord has revealed to us“.[2]

Prayer, daily prayer, is our way to Bethlehem. As hard as it seems to keep up daily prayer; the effects of not doing daily prayer is painfully obvious to each of us if we honestly look at our attitudes. The little time it takes to put ourselves in the presence of God and talk with him is more beneficial than trying to cram more and more into each day. When we hold to our daily prayer we, ultimately, stay in Bethlehem and live in the ‘joy of the angels’ [3]– Jesus Christ.

[1] Liturgy of the Hours
[2] ibid
[3] Lk 2:10-11