Jesus' nativity, the son of God born of a virgin mother, is one of the great mysteries of Christianity.
The story we can grasp more easily is of his humble beginnings in a manger. Most people who were hoping for the Messiah expected him to be born in power and sumptuousness, but Jesus' birth attendants were the animals whose home he shared in his first days.
One lesson for all of us in Jesus' birth is that we cannot judge the value of any human life, as weighed against another.
Every human being enters the world from the body of his mother in a moment of supreme vulnerability. Regardless of the circumstances, for mother and baby alike, it is one of the most fundamental human experiences any of us will ever have.
Every birth is a new beginning, for the child, for her family, and for the world, in a way. Every birth should be joyful, peaceful, transcendent.
Have a happy Christmas!