I hope all of you had a blessed Christmas, and that you look forward to the beginning of a new year in joyful hope.
I found the following quote attributed to the LTP Sourcebook 1996:
Perhaps the hardest thing to remember about Christmas is this. “It celebrates the incarnation, not just the nativity. The incarnation is an on-going process of salvation, while the nativity is the once-for-all-historical event of Bethlehem. We do not really celebrate Christ’s ‘birthday,’ remembering something that happened long ago. We celebrate the stupendous fact of the incarnation, God entering our world so thoroughly that nothing has been the same since. And God continues to take flesh in our midst, in the men and women and children who form his body today. And the birth we celebrate is not just the past historical event but Christ’s continuing birth in his members, accomplished by the power of the Spirit through the waters of baptism.
This certainly makes a lot of sense to me. It may be comforting to meditate on the historical circumstances of the birth of Jesus, yet it is the ongoing gift of the incarnation that is so meaningful to me.