On the passage that says an angel came down from heaven and announced the birth of the Lord to shepherds.
MY LORD JESUS1. has been born, and an angel has come down from heaven to announce his birth. Let us see whom the angel sought out to announce his coming. He did not go to Jerusalem. He did not seek out Scribes and Pharisees. He did not enter a synagogue of the Jews. Instead, he found "shepherds in the fields keeping watch over their flock"2. and said to them, "Today a Savior is born for you, who is Christ the Lord."3.
2. Do you think that the words of the Scriptures signify nothing else, nothing more divine, but only say this, that an angel came to shepherds and spoke to them? Listen, shepherds of the churches! Listen, God's shepherds! His angel always comes down from heaven and proclaims to you, "Today a Savior is born for you, who is Christ the Lord."4. For, unless that Shepherd comes, the shepherds of the churches will be unable to guard the flock well. Their custody is weak, unless Christ pastures and guards it along with them. We just read in the Apostle, "We are coworkers with God."5. A good shepherd, who imitates the Good Shepherd, is a coworker with God and Christ. He is a good shepherd precisely because he____________________