We're now in that quasi-Christmas season. The twelve days are past. Epiphany's over. The Baptism of the Lord is past, but in some places Christmas still lingers on to the Feast of the Presentation on February 2. It's like the Church is still sorting out what the heck happened at Christmas.
That's not surprising. Christmas is weird when you think about it. God becomes a human being after giving centuries of mysterious hints that this is what he plans to do, yet when the moment comes, hardly anybody realizes it. He lives for thirty-odd years among his people, repeatedly telling them "I am going to be killed and rise from the dead." Yet when the moment comes, those closest to him are...READ MORE