“While they were there the time came for her to have her first child, and she gave birth to her firstborn son. She wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.” (Luke 1)
Welcome to all of our parishioners and visitors as we celebrate the Feast of the Incarnation. “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us.” This awesome mystery of “God with us” Emmanuel, gives us great joy and hope. God was not content to love us from a distance, or to remain indifferent to the plight of human beings. That’s why he chose to enter our world, taking on our human nature, to “see for himself” and to communicate with us in a way we could finally understand “in our own language.”
Anytime we make efforts to act or speak in a more human and more compassionate way, and in a more clear and truthful manner, we are living and extending the miracle of the Incarnation.
The mystery of the Incarnation leads us to believe more deeply and confidently that God loves us as we are and wants the best for us – just as Mary and Joseph wanted what was best for their child. They gave him the best they could, wrapping him in swaddling clothes to keep him warm, even though they did not have a nice hotel to stay in.
May our celebration of the Lord’s birth strengthen our hope in God’s love for us and inspire us to love and serve one another in a more human way.