Ever watch the show “Undercover Boss”? Each episode features a CEO (or some other high-ranking official) from a company putting on some kind of disguise and going undercover at their own company. Inevitably, they discover some employs who need motivation, some who are struggling to get by, and others whose achievements and hard work go unrecognized. The episodes conclude with the boss making changes to how the company operates and treats its employees.

On Christmas, we celebrate the creator of the universe taking on flesh and becoming one of us to walk among us, and like the undercover bosses, completely change everything. Every encounter Jesus had with people left them changed. The world was completely changed. He opened doors and tore the heavens open to give us access.

God is still present among us in the Eucharist and the Holy Spirit. Emmanuel means “God is with us.” Would you recognize Him if you saw Him? Just look around. Merry Christmas!