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The Wonder of the Incarnation

mary.mother.of.jesus.01God pours himself into Mary and enters the human family. Mary’s free consent offsets the disobedience of the first Eve. The children of Adam and Eve were born in sin. Christ, the new Adam, will assail the forbidden tree (now made into a cross) so that there might be a new birth of sons and daughters, remade in his likeness.

“When the time had fully come, God sent forth His Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons” (Galatians 4:4-5).

A secular world or kingdom can make no sense of the Incarnation. It seeks either to ignore it entirely or to displace the truth with a bombardment of romantic sentiment and/or juvenile fantasy. Christmas becomes a time for sales and shopping. Instead of celebrating Christ, we focus upon ourselves. Children sing songs in school about a red-nosed reindeer or a snowman that came to life one day or a merry old elf who brings presents— but next to nothing about a child in a manger, shepherds and wise men or the joyous hymns of angels. Not wanting to offend those with non-Christian beliefs, we end up offending all religion and people of faith.

The message is never happy holidays but Merry Christmas. Keep Christ in Christmas!