God does not feel the need to do things the way we would plan it out. The birth of Jesus and the events and interactions surrounding it are a prime example. There is a big contrast between two groups of visitors to the baby Jesus, the Magi and the Shepherds.
If we were to plan the announcement of the birth of the Son of God, we would line up the press, get it on youtube live, snap chat, twitter, with media there and of course heads of state.
When the Magi came, they followed a star. They had no announcement other than the star. When they arrived, they had to ask where the baby was. God did not send a messenger to them. It was a mystery they had to find their way in.
The shepherds had no idea about anything. A new blogger I follow lakeside4jesus.wordpress.com wrote an excellent post about the shepherds- Let’s Go. He delves into what it meant to be a shepherd. I suggest reading his post.
Shepherds were at the bottom of society and looked down on. They were the ones an angel and then a heavenly choir of angels appeared to to announce the birth of Jesus. The angel even told them exactly how to find the baby Jesus.
In some countries, January 6th is an important day. That is the day they exchange gifts. It is 3 Kings Day which is the day to remember the 3 kings, or magi, visiting Jesus and presenting gifts.
Yet I would suggest remembering the shepherds is important because of what it represents for us. God sending the angels to the shepherds shows that Jesus is for all people. God loves all people equally. No one is overlooked by God.
Thank you for reading. God Bless.