Saint Peter the Apostle High School
Christ is Born
Week Beginning Monday 18th December 2017
We come to you Lord, to be built into a spiritual house
Founded on the rock of St Peter’s faith
May we prepare or minds for action and carefully examine
The life and teachings of Christ, your Son
So that our community may proclaim the mighty acts of Jesus Christ
And love each other with all our hearts
We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen
Let us reflect on Saint Luke’s Gospel:
“Mary gave birth to her son. She laid him in a manger because there was no room for them in the inn…The shepherds watched their flocks during the night. The angel said to the shepherds in the field: “Do not be afraid. I bring you news of great joy. Today in the town of David the Saviour is born.” The shepherds hurried from the fields and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in the manger, as they had been told…they went back, praising God for all they had seen and heard.”
Consider the words “Do not be afraid”. These words occur 366 times throughout the Bible – as though they are a reminder for every day of the year. Think of things that make you feel afraid, nervous, unsure or apprehensive. Repeat the words of the angel – “Do not be afraid” – and place these fears in God’s hands. God loves you and will look after you.
Now think about what the shepherds did - “they went back, praising God for all they had seen and heard.” Pray to remain thoughtful, kind and considerate to others, and think of what you can give praise and thanks to God for at this time.