Perhaps no line in all of Scripture illuminates the glory, destiny, and meaning of the human body more than this from yesterday’s Gospel: “she was found with child through the Holy Spirit” (Mt 1:18). What can possibly be said about the glory of these divine-human nuptials!? OH, the GLORY! The virginal conception of Christ, so often thought to represent a negation of the body and sexuality, is just the opposite: it is the unimagined fulfillment (filled-full-ment/consummation) of the goodness and glory of the human body and sexuality. The one-flesh union of spouses, let us always remember, is only the glimmer, the shadow, the sign that points us to something infinitely greater: the nuptials of heaven and earth, of the divine and the human (see Eph 5:31-32). Human sexuality is thus fulfilled – not negated! – when Mary opens her feminine body to the nuptial Presence of God. Mary’s virginity, wrote John Paul II, expresses her “desire for total union with God.” “She wanted to be his faithful bride” (August 7, 1996). In being so, she shows all of history what it means to be human: to open to and be “filled with all the fullness of God” (Eph 3:19). This is the glory of Christmas! Merry, merry Christmas!