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What is your response to the arrival of Jesus? Throughout human history there have tended to be two responses to Jesus breaking in: fear and joy. Hearing the news of Jesus’ birth, King Herod responded with fear and anger; terrified that his hold on power might be threatened. And yet the same news was greeted with faith and joy by Mary and by the Shepherds. Following the Angel’s visit, Mary travels to see her cousin Elizabeth who’s unborn child leaps for joy when he senses the arrival of Mary and the Christ-child she is carrying. Mary herself responds by singing the words we now know as The Magnificat – a hymn of praise to God. So what about you? How do you greet the arrival of Jesus? With fear, with trepidation, or with joy?