Adoration of the Shepherds by Guido Reni, 1630’s
Wonderful are you, our God, Joy of the Universe,
for you have a plan for this earth which is loftier than our highest ideals
and more beautiful than our loveliest dreams.
Wonderful are you, Christ Jesus,
for you have sown your life-blood in the furrows of our history
and are preparing a harvest of happiness beyond measuring.
Wonderful are you, Holy Spirit,
for you inspire us to trust Christ and his way,
and to become sharers in his work of universal reconciliation.
We trust you, we thank you, we worship you,
intimate Friend and awesome Mystery!
Bruce Prewer, retired Austrian minister
But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship. Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.”