Christmas means we have been surprised by God.
Sometimes, like Herod, we are surprised by fear.
Sometimes, like the Magi, we are surprised by wisdom from the ordinary.
Other times, like Mary, we are surprised by angels unaware.
Many times, like the shepherds, we are surprised by joy.
But always, like planet earth on that silent night long, but not that long ago, we are surprised by a God who is full of surprises. Are we open to receiving God's surprises, which are around the corner of every hour of every day?
The love of Christ: That is the source of all Christmas surprises and true Christmas joy. It is the simple center of the holy day/holiday which has become increasingly elusive as our festivities have become more frenzied and our lives more frantic.