|glad tidings of great joy|
© Teresa Newham
The idea of putting an angel on our 2017 Christmas card came to me early in the year, but I had no idea how it was going to work, or indeed what the angel would be doing. It only really came together when I researched the wings. This angel would be Gabriel - sweeping across the sky, blowing his trumpet for all he was worth!
For the title, I turned again to one of my favourite carols, While Shepherds Watched their Flocks by Night:
"Fear not," said he, for mighty dread
Had seized their troubled mind,
"Glad tidings of great joy I bring
To you and all mankind."
It's a reassuring message - the shepherds were no doubt terrified - and Gabriel makes it clear that this Good News is for everyone. That's everyone, at every time - as Catholics, we believe that Jesus is born anew in the human heart each Christmas, if we are prepared to receive Him.
That's some gift, isn't it?
Wishing your all peace and joy this Christmas, and a happy and blessed New Year.