The Shepherds’ Field Near Bethlehem of Judah

By Jaime Sevilla, MAPM, M.Th

Following our tour of the Holy Land, in the last edition, we met the city of Bethlehem, where the child-God was born. Now we are going to know a privileged place on the outskirts of the city, the Field of the Shepherds.

It is interesting to see how the figure of the pastor in Israel is completely different from the figure of the pastor in America. In Israel, the shepherd leads the flock; while, in America, the pastor goes behind the flock.

Upon arriving at the field of the shepherds, we could see the beautiful chapel at the entrance of the field, in the dome, we could read the hymn that the angels sang in front of them: “Glory to God in heaven and peace on earth to men of goodwill.”

After meditating a little, we went out to see all the valleys where the shepherds grazed the sheep.

When you are in this place, you are transported in history and time, trying to imagine what that scene of the angels and pastors of which Luke speaks to us in his gospel would be like, I want to leave you with the text so that together we can join in this joy of the good news that the angels brought us to earth.

“And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.

Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

“Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about” (Lk 2:8-15).

Do not miss our special report on the City of Jerusalem in the next edition.

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