Everybody loves a nativity scene

Nobody loves a nativity scene more than I do.

…except for St. Francis of Assisi. Who staged the first one.

Okay. Nobody loves a nativity scene more than St. Francis and me.

…except for Pope Honorius. Who loved the idea and encouraged Francis use live animals.

Fine. Nobody loves a nativity scene more than St. Francis, Pope Honorius, me, and…nevermind.

Everybody loves a nativity scene.

But in the beauty and intimacy of that scene, it’s easy to get wrapped up in the wonderful moment that it shows us. And lose sight of the big picture.

Which is why today’s Gospel is so important.

There is nothing wrong with being drawn into the warmth and wonder of the nativity scene.  But it means even more when we understand exactly Who is at the center of the nativity scene.

And a love so great that becoming one of us is only the beginning.

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