A very heartfelt Merry Christmas to all at Catholic Answers. All my brothers and sisters in Christ, both current and future. Here is the Christmas narrative from Holy Scripture for anyone who may want to take 5 minutes out of their busy lives today, in order to reflect on the real meaning of Christmas.
The Nativity of the Lord
(From the Holy Gospels according to Saints Luke and Matthew)
*When the sixth month came, God sent the angel Gabriel to a city of Galilee called Nazareth,**where a virgin dwelt, betrothed to a man of David’s lineage; his name was Joseph, and the virgin’s name was Mary.*Into her presence the angel came, and said, Hail, you who are full of grace; the Lord is with you ; blessed are you among women.**She was much perplexed at hearing him speak so, and cast about in her mind, what she was to make of such a greeting.*Then the angel said to her, Mary, do not be afraid; you have found favor in the sight of God.**And behold, you shall conceive in your womb, and shall bear a son, and shall call him Jesus.**He shall be great, and men will know him for the Son of the most High; the Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he shall reign over the house of Jacob eternally;**his kingdom shall never have an end.*But Mary said to the angel, How can that be, since I have no knowledge of man?**And the angel answered her, The Holy Spirit will come upon you , and the power of the most High will overshadow you . Thus this holy offspring of yours shall be known for the Son of God.**See, moreover, how it fares with your cousin Elizabeth; she is old, yet she too has conceived a son; she who was reproached with barrenness is now in her sixth month,**to prove that nothing can be impossible with God.**And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; let it be unto me according to your word. And with that the angel left her. *In the days that followed, Mary rose up and went with all haste to a town of Juda, in the hill country**where Zechariah dwelt; and there entering in she gave Elizabeth greeting.**No sooner had Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, than the child leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth herself was filled with the Holy Ghost;*so that she cried out with a loud voice, Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.**How have I deserved to be thus visited by the mother of my Lord?*Why, as soon as ever the voice of your greeting sounded in my ears, the child in my womb leaped for joy.**Blessed are you for your believing; the message that was brought to you from the Lord shall have fulfillment *And Mary said, My soul magnifies the Lord;**my spirit has found joy in God, who is my Savior,*because he has looked graciously upon the lowliness of his handmaid. Behold, from this day forward all generations will count me blessed;*because he who is mighty, he whose name is holy, has wrought for me his wonders.**He has mercy upon those who fear him, from generation to generation;**he has done valiantly with the strength of his arm, driving the proud astray in the conceit of their hearts;**he has put down the mighty from their seat, and exalted the lowly;**he has filled the hungry with good things, and sent the rich away empty-handed.*He has protected his servant Israel, keeping his merciful design in remembrance,**according to the promise which he made to our forefathers, Abraham and his posterity for evermore.