Dec 25th - Christ's Mass
What is there to say on the day celebrating the Incarnation? Whether today is the actual day or not is not important as the triumph of Christ over ignorance. The transforming of pagan feasts and practices into the celebration of the Incarnation is the most important thing - the overcoming of feast that hinted at the reality of God and of Jesus into the feast celebrating that reality.
Once again we need to transform this feast from its pagan, consumerist celebrations back into the feast it recognizes, mainly that "God is with us".
Now this is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about. When his mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found with child through the holy Spirit. Joseph her husband, since he was a righteous man, yet unwilling to expose her to shame, decided to divorce her quietly. Such was his intention when, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary your wife into your home. For it is through the holy Spirit that this child has been conceived in her. She will bear a son and you are to name him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: “Behold, the virgin shall be with child and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel,” which means “God is with us.” When Joseph awoke, he did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took his wife into his home.
-- Matthew 1:18-24
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