This image of Mary bearing the child puts me in mind of all those who have borne the Messiah to my heart.

The ones who helped me grasp the gospel’s cohesion.

The ones who showed me the truth of the Christian story.

The ones who demonstrated the Father’s love made manifest in the baby.

At this season, we remember and are grateful for Mary’s labored journey.  Let’s also remember all those who have labored to bear the story to us.

May your Christmas be blessed with moments of true joy.