Jesus Christ the Wonder-Counsellor, Mighty-God, Eternal-Father, Prince-of-Peace
-Extracted from Isaiah, Chapter 9: 1-6
The prophesy of the Prophet Isaiah around 736 B.C.
The people that walked in darkness has seen a great light; on those who live in a land of deep shadow a light has shone.
You have made their gladness greater, you have made their joy increase; they rejoice in your presence as men rejoice at harvest time, as men are happy when they are dividing their spoils.
For the yoke that was weighing on him, the bar across his shoulders, the rod of his oppressor, these you break as on the day of Midian.
For all the foot gear of battle, every cloak rolled in blood, is burnt and consumed by fire.
For there is a child born for us, a son given to us and dominion is laid on his shoulders; and this is the name they give him: Wonder-Counsellor, Mighty-God, Eternal-Father, Prince-of-Peace.
Wide is his dominion in a peace that has no end, for the throne of David and for his royal power, which he establishes and make secure in justice and integrity.
From this time onwards and for ever, the jealous love of the Lord of hosts will do this.
The Lord takes delight in you—Extracted from Isaiah, Chapter 62: 1-5
About Zion I will not be silent, about Jerusalem I will not grow weary, until her integrity shines like the dawn and her salvation flames like a torch.
The nations then will see your integrity, all the kings your glory, and you will be called a new name, one which the mouth of the Lord will confer.
You are to be a crown of splendour in the hand of the Lord, a princely diadem in the hand of your God; no longer are you be named ‘Forsaken’, nor your land ‘Abandoned’, but you shall be called ‘My Delight’ and your land ‘The Wedded’; for the Lord delights in you and your land will have its wedding.
Like a young man marrying a virgin, so will the one who built you wed you, and as the bridegroom rejoices in his bride, so will your God rejoice in you.
Extracted from Luke, Chapter 2:
The birth of Jesus - There was no room for Him when He was born
1 Now it happened that at this time Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be made of the whole inhabited world.
2 This census - the first - took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria,
3 and everyone went to be registered, each to his own town.
4 So Joseph set out from the town of Nazareth in Galilee for Judaea, to David's town called Bethlehem, since he was of David's House and line,
5 in order to be registered together with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child.
6 Now it happened that, while they were there, the time came for her to have her child,
7 and she gave birth to a son, her first-born. She wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger because there was no room for them in the living-space.
The visit of the shepherds
8 In the countryside close by there were shepherds out in the fields keeping guard over their sheep during the watches of the night.
9 An angel of the Lord stood over them and the glory of the Lord shone round them. They were terrified,
10 but the angel said, 'Do not be afraid. Look, I bring you news of great joy, a joy to be shared by the whole people.
11 Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.
12 And here is a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.'
13 And all at once with the angel there was a great throng of the hosts of heaven, praising God with the words:
14 Glory to God in the highest heaven, and peace to men of good will.
15 Now it happened that when the angels had gone from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, 'Let us go to Bethlehem and see this event which the Lord has made known to us.'
16 So they hurried away and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in the manger.
17 When they saw the child they repeated what they had been told about him,
18 and everyone who heard it was astonished at what the shepherds said to them.
19 As for Mary, she treasured all these things and pondered them in her heart.
20 And the shepherds went back glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, just as they had been told.
The following is extracted from “The Poem of the Man-God” - Volume 1, by the visionary Maria Valtorta, Chapter 30: page 154-155:
“...Now I tell you that the shepherds are the 1st worshippers of the Body of God. And they have all the qualifications to be the worshippers of My Body, o Eucharistic souls.
Firm faith: they believe the angel promptly and unquestioningly.
Generosity: they give all their wealth to their Lord.
Humility: they approach people, who from the human point of view, are poorer than they, and they do so with modest attitude that does not humiliate them, and they profess themselves their servants.
Desire: what they are unable to offer, they endeavor to obtain by means of charitable work.
Prompt obedience: Mary wishes to inform Zacharias (referred to “the Priest Zachariah, father of John the Baptist”) and Elias (the shepherd) goes at once. He does not postpone the matter.
Love finally: they suffer in departing from the grotto (where Jesus Christ was born and where they worshipped him) and you say: “They leave their hearts there”. And you are right.
And should the same not happen with my Sacrament?
And there is another point, and it is entirely for you: note to whom the angel reveals himself first and who deserves to hear Mary’s love effusions. Levi: the boy. God shows Himself to those who have a child’s soul and He shows them also His Mysteries and allows them to hear His divine words and Mary’s. And those with a child’s soul have also Levi’s holy daring and they say: “Let us kiss Jesus’ dress”. They say to Mary. Because it is always Mary Who gives you Jesus.
She is the Bearer of the Eucharist. She is the Living Pyx. Who goes to Mary, finds Me. Who asks Her for Me receives Me from Her. When a creature says to Mary: “Give me your Jesus that I may love Him”, My Mother’s smile causes Heaven’s colour to change into a more lively brightness because of its greater delight.
Say, therefore to Her: “Let me kiss Jesus’ dress, let me kiss His wounds”. And dare even more: “Let me rest my head on Your Jesus’ Heart, that I may delight in It”. Come. And rest. Like Jesus in His cradle, between Jesus and Mary.”