“Of his fullness have we all received, grace upon grace”
There is a rich fullness to the Christmas season, to be sure. Everything quickly seems all too much. To be sure, Christmas is something which one day cannot presume to capture nor that even an entire season can hope to encompass. There is such an incredible richness to the feast.
And yet, there is but one poor, humble scene of Christmas. It is the stable of Bethlehem. Therein lies all the rich fullness of Christmas. That poor, humble scene contains a great crowd of scenes, a great gathering of Christmasses; in short, it opens to view a rich fullness of grace, even “grace upon grace.” There is more here than meets the eye. It is altogether something for the soul. We are bidden to ponder the Mystery of the Word made flesh. The attitude of the Church is an essentially Marian attitude. “Mary kept all these things” – all these wondrous things that were said about the Child Christ by Shepherds and Angels – “and pondered them in her heart.” Only so can they come to birth and live in us.