Scripture tells us an angel announced the birth of Jesus to shepherds in the field. Dazzled by a great light, an angel brought them the tidings of joy that the long-awaited savior had been born bringing salvation to men.
The angel’s good news was not given to the noble or pious, but to workers with a low reputation. Jewish literature placed the “shepherd” as among the lowliest occupations of the time and Christ humbly identified himself with this livelihood when he called himself “the Good Shepherd”.
This colorful depiction of the small boy contrasted against the expansive field in the background reminds us how it was to the small and insignificant, the humble and the lowly, that God chose to announce His Son’s arrival. By doing so he greatly honored and filled with joy these humble shepherds who “keep watch over their flock”.