What kinds of thoughts go through your mind when you see recently born children?
Most of us wonder what their lives will be like. We pray they will be happy and healthy. We may wish for success, security. We hope they will not have to face war or violence of any sort. We desire that love be present in their lives.
Matthew and Luke who have given us the Christmas story present us with the thoughts and reactions of a great number of people to Jesus' birth. Writing with the advantage of knowing how this life will go, they prepare us for what is to come with subtle and not so subtle hints and details.