3rd December 2017
Now while he was serving as priest before God when his division was on duty, according to the custom of the priesthood, he was chosen by lot to enter the temple of the Lord and burn incense. And the whole multitude of the people were praying outside at the hour of incense. And there appeared to him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of incense. And Zechariah was troubled when he saw him, and fear fell upon him. But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid...
"O Father, when you see that the world is too much with us...rouse us. Stir up our hearts. Let Heaven intrude upon our earthly affairs to rip our attentions from the world to You again.
Christmas is such an intrusion. At Christmas Heaven invaded the world."
Preparing for Christmas, W. Wangerin Jnr.