We need to show compassion for those in need during this season and year-round. We miss the point of the Incarnation if we feel that feeding the hungry and sheltering the homeless are activities for this season only. Educational theorist John Dewey said, “All education is about making connections.” We can never exhaust the connections that the Incarnation invites. Francis recognized this by linking this feast to extra generosity for humans in need, for oxen, asses, and even the lowly larks. The Incarnation of Jesus is a testament to God’s universal love and compassion. It becomes a constant reminder of a biblical saying that Pope Paul VI made popular: “Peace is a work of justice.” Be as committed to justice for everyone as you are to peace for everyone.
— from the book Peace and Good: Through the Year with Francis of Assisi