"There were only two classes of people who heard the cry that night; shepherds and wise men. Shepherds: those who know they know nothing. Wise men: those who know they do not know everything. Only the very simple and the very learned discovered God..." - Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen
I thought this was appropriate with Advent coming in about a month. It is the beginning of a new Church Year and a time for renewal of our lives and our faith. It is interesting that only these two classes of people found Christ when the vast majority of people today fit into neither category. Both are valid ways of seeing who Christ is. We can find Him through the great intellectual search, or we can simply recognize in our simplicity that God became man and dwelt amongst us. In a world full of those who think they know everything and those that think they need everything, Christmas is a counterpoint for all of this. If we truly celebrate this great Feast of the Church as it was meant to be then we see in a humble feeding trough the hope of all the world. Many of us will never become great learned men. Rather all of us however are capable of becoming simple. Indeed it was the shepherds guarding the flocks of sheep out in the hills that believed the angels that God had become man and had been born in a stable amongst animals and laid in a manger. Who among us is simple enough or learned enough to believe with their whole heart that this is the Christ ?