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Isaiah 9:1-6; Psalm 96; Titus 2:11-14; Luke 2:1-14 (Mass at Midnight)

Jesus is born, God is With-Us, the world is different because of the Incarnation. God’s entering into the world enfleshed changed not only that generation of people, but God’s whole relationship with the Earth and its creatures. It’s the work of a lifetime to get beyond the Baby Jesus, the shepherds and kings, the Santas and reindeer, the shopping and eating and drinking to come to an understanding of what the Incarnation continues to mean to each of us, to all of us, to our world and all its inhabitants. Several years ago I was being mean-spirited and resentful about all the people who celebrated Christmas without having a clue what they were celebrating. In a thrift store I found a children’s book that concluded, “Christmas is for everyone!” I’ve been less resentful since I found that book, and have found that if I truly believe that Christmas is for everyone, then I need to do some stretching. It’s a process that makes each Christmas more awesome than the one before. Emmanuel — God-With-Us. Merry Christmas, everyone!

Where is the awe of Christmas for you?