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The Bishop of the Church of Ireland at Kilmore, Elphin and Ardagh Ferran Glenfield, asked the people to take the time to unwrap the gift of God and to receive Jesus with great joy and wonder this Christmas.

In his Christmas message, the bishop said: “Christmas comes in packages. Courier companies deliver packages to our doors. Some people book a hotel package for Christmas Day. Christmas parcels are wrapped in seasonal paper to be opened on the big day.

“Christmas comes in parcels. Luke wraps the first Christmas story for us in his gospel. He wants us to be the first to

“Caesar Augustus ruled much of the known world. But for Luke the Roman Empire was just the backdrop for the coming of Christ. Jesus, not “Caesar was the centurion. Second, Luke points out how God came to earth. He came in humility. Born to peasant parents in a rural hinterland in Palestine. Born and raised in a feeding trough in a bare stable. No pomp or circumstance in Luke’s story of Christ’s coming into the world.

“Next, Luke highlights the announcement of Christ’s coming. An angel is the herald. The news is good, the promised is to be born in Bethlehem. He will deliver, because he comes as a savior, what

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you and me. Finally, Luke introduces us to the response to the coming of Jesus. Shepherds, who watched over their flocks at night, were the first to hear the news. Their answer came immediately, they rushed down to Bethlehem, their clue was the feeding trough, just as the angel had said. Mary’s answer was more thoughtful; she thought about all these things in her heart. The miracle of it all. Luke’s package from the First Christmas Story has been described as the greatest present of all time. Take the time to unwrap the gift of God and receive Jesus this Christmas with great joy and amazement.

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