We often talk of “the Christmas miracle” but in reality it is the event we celebrate tonight that is the miracle. The birth of Jesus was not miraculous because it was a birth like any other. What is miraculous is that the Holy Spirit came to Mary and she conceived. This is what the angel announced and Mary was a humble and obedient servant. This is a miracle like no other and the idea of God becoming flesh is so profound that the altar party kneels when we come to that place in the Creed. It is a wonder that this is not the day that we exchange gifts and sing carols and know that because of tonight, the world will never be the same.