Mysteries, Symbolism and Metaphysics of the Christmas Story

Published December 23, 2014 by

And the Angels Sang

The Angels appeared to Mary and to Joseph to announce God’s purpose which would be made manifest through Mary.  The Angels also appeared to the Shepherds to announce the fulfillment of God’s purpose to all humankind.

Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!

What is it which makes us, like Mary, worthy of the Christ, of giving birth to the true Spirit of God on earth?  Is it more about the doing or the being, or perhaps a balance of the two in our living life as the chosen of God?  Traditionally, Mary symbolizes purity.  Metaphysically, she is so much more for she accepts the word of the Angel, knowing full well just how much this news will change her whole life.  She demonstrates receptivity to the will of God and spiritual intuition, her words filled with praise and joy for the wonders of God.

 Then Mary said,  “Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.” *

My soul magnifies the Lord,  And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior.  For He has regarded the lowly state of His maidservant; For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed.*

Am I, or any of us, truly worthy of such a calling?  Is my life so God-centered, so open and receptive to the will of God that I, like Mary, would not only hear such a divine message, but willingly take on a task which would be both the greatest blessing and the greatest challenge of my life? The God-centered, Spirit filled life of prayer, meditation and openness to the Will of God fulfills the being part of life.  Applying what we learn in our quiet times to the world around us, transforms our experience and the lives of others by virtue of our doing.

The Shepherds keeping watch in the fields at night are traditionally perceived as the humble and uneducated guardians of their flocks.  Yet in truth, theirs was one of the most important jobs among their people because a tribe’s wealth was measured by the size of their flocks.  And though the shepherds would be considered illiterate by today’s standards, they knew their oral traditions and would quickly have understood the import of the good news delivered by the Angel.

The isolated life of a shepherd left a great deal of time for thinking, for simply being. Yet once these shepherds heard and understood the good news, they immediately set out to see with their own eyes and then spread the good news, praising God and giving thanks for the Christ Child.

As we carefully shepherd our thoughts, there may come to us moments of spiritual illumination, and we may be directed to the Christ Child. However, note how the shepherds in the story did not stop with illumination. In other words, their ‘hearing’ and ‘seeing’ were followed by ‘doing’—and it was because of this that they made actual contact with the Christ Child.**

Rev. Claudia Naylor


Luke 1:38;46-48*

A Study of the New Testament by H. Hunt**

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