There are moments, tiny glimpses, when I see something like it's the first time I have seen it. Last night at Midnight Mass, that happened.
It is a powerful thing - seeing your parish priest in the beautiful vestments of this holy night - and then to see him kneel in that garment before a baby in a manger. In this kneeling priest, I see the wise men who were dressed in royal robes, kneeling. In this kneeling priest, I see the humble shepherds, kneeling.
And this morning, I opened up my Magnificat booklet and read:
No one, whether shepherd or wise man, can approach God here below except by kneeling before the manger at Bethlehem and adoring him hidden in the weakness of a new-born child. (Catechism of the Catholic Church)