God’s grace is extravagant and should inspire celebration (but often inspires grudging).
Jesus is God’s chosen liberator from birth and calls us to follow him among the innocent sufferers bringing hope and freedom.
There are all sorts of right-sounding ways we avoid being neighbours and to encourage service of neighbours.
Jesus helps us to identify the oppressed and brokenhearted and to see how we can become agents of renewal and restoration.
God is passionately in love with us and longing to give us every good thing if we will respond to his love.
Jesus shows us the link between personal conversion and social action and transformation.
There is an illuminating contrast between the response of the pagan magi and the response of the biblical scholars, and between the kingship of Jesus and the kingship of Herod.
Christ has identified himself with the poor and needy and we will be judged on how we respond to his need.