“God has done everything; He has done the impossible: He was made Flesh. His all-powerful love has accomplished something which surpasses all human understanding: the Infinite has become a child, has entered the human family. And yet, this same God cannot enter my heart unless I open the door to Him.” (Pope Benedict XVI)
From Pope Benedict XVI’s:
Jesus of Nazareth: the Infant Narratives
“‘And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men with whom he is pleased’ (Lk 2:12-14). According to the evangelist, the angels ‘said’ this. But Christianity has always understood that the speech of angels is actually song, in which all the glory of the great joy that they proclaim becomes tangibly present. And so, from that moment, the angels’ song of praise has never gone silent. It continues down the centuries in constantly new forms and it resounds ever anew at the celebration of Jesus’ birth. It is only natural that simple believers would then hear the shepherds singing too, and to this day they join in their carolling on the Holy Night, proclaiming in song the great joy that, from then until the end of time, is bestowed on all people.”
It’s about 01.54 on Christmas day where I am and as usual I want to place this In dulci jubilo by Michael Praetorius. A real Christmas fanfare.
And there she is. No Christmas at all without Our Lady’s consent.