Often times the error is made that Christmas is the feast of the Incarnation, this is not true. Rather, it is today, nine months prior to Christmas, that the Word of God, the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity willed to be made Incarnate in the womb of the Blessed Virgin Mary thus changing the course of human history for all eternity. Today is the day that the Church was born in both the womb and person of the Immaculate Mary. Today is the day that, my patron, the Archangel Gabriel, was given the singular honor of conveying the message of this most inconceivable mystery to a poor teenage girl nearly 2000 years ago. On this most amazing of days I want to share with everyone a quote from Pope, Saint Leo the Great found in the Office of Readings today:
V. Et Verbum caro factum est.
R. Et habitavit in nobis.
In the presence of such a mystery only in tears of joy and humble silence are found an adequate human response.