The trilogy comes to an end

by Kevin Birnbaum

When it comes to the seasons of the Church year, my loyalties are divided. Liturgically, nothing can touch the awesome power of Holy Week, especially the glorious Easter Vigil. But for sheer atmosphere, you can’t beat Christmas. Christmas gets the edge biblically, too—the early chapters of the Gospels of Matthew and Luke have always been magical to me, probably going back to when I first heard Linus recount “what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.” So I’m pumped for the Nov. 21 release of the final volume of Pope Benedict XVI’s Jesus of Nazareth trilogy, which focuses on the infancy narratives. The pope is a terrific scholar, a fine writer, and a true disciple of Christ, so I can’t wait to read what he has to say about the great mystery of the almighty and eternal God becoming a human baby.