“And the Word became flesh and made its dwelling among us!” Christmas is all about the Incarnation. God’s Son came down to earth, took on our human nature so as to experience everything we humans experience (with the exception of sin), so as to confer on us a dignity. That dignity is that we are now the adopted sons and daughters of God the Father. That dignity promises us a destiny, that being eternal life. The Mystery of the Incarnation is a mystery of love. A love so powerful between God and us that it can never be broken. Love is the heart of Christmas!
In Jesus, God drew near to us in person. God became one of us! Emmanuel, “God is with us.” This was no loving from a distance. It is loving in the most intimate way that is humanly possible.
God meets us where we are at in life. He took our humanity on himself. This means that we don’t have to deny or reject our humanity in order to know God. God showed us how to live out the fullness of our humanity. Back in the second century, St. Irenaeus said, “The glory of God is the human person fully alive!”
Be becoming a child, completely dependent on others to care for him, being vulnerable to the conditions of our world, God removed the distance between the divine and the human. What was lost by the sin of our first parents was not restored.
We are now brothers and sisters of Jesus. What would we do without him? Abstract talk about God can leave us empty. We need God made flesh, human like us, walking in our streets, even in our shoes, teaching us the way of God. And that is what we are celebrating on Christmas.
The Son of God comes to us not as a judge but as a savior. “God did not send the Son into the world to condemn it, but that through him it might be saved!” He comes to reveal to us our divine dignity as God’s children, and the glory of our eternal destiny in heaven. This is the wonderful news that the angels announced to the shepherds on the first Christmas and it is the same wonderful news we hear today.
When we reflect on our sinfulness, we could ask God, “Why did you do it?” and we would hear God whisper in our ear four words, “Because I love you!”
A Blessed Christmas!
- Father Dennis
December 25, 2016