Mary carefully kept all these words and pondered them in her heart
[The Lectionary presented Mathew's account of the birth of Jesus last Sunday, the fourth Sunday of Advent. Every year, the Gospels for the Midnight Mass and the Dawn Mass of Christmas are taken from the Gospel of Luke. Because the Gospel of the Midnight Mass has already been commented on in last year 's [Year C] Cycle, the commentary today will examine the Gospel used at the Dawn Mass.]
Today's passage continues Luke's narrative of the circumstances surrounding the birth of Jesus. It takes up the story just after the announcement of the birth made by angelic messengers to shepherds watching their sheep out in the fields.