"...the infancy narratives of Matthew and Luke proclaim for us a new birth shrouded with poignancy and mystery, as one would expect in a story of the coming of the Messiah. Foretold by ancient seers, a virgin conceives and bears a son. His birth is hailed by angelic watchers in the night sky as bewildered shepherds hurry to see this new sign: an infant wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger. A star hovers over the place where he lay as if the universe itself bent low to gaze upon the birth of Eternity in our midst. And following after come Magi, mysterious and elusive, traveling from foreign lands and bearing gifts in fulfillment of an ancient prophecy: 'Nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn’ (Isa 60:3)."
Contemplating Christ, 78.