A growing concern in our culture is that we are desensitized to violence, gore, sex, etc. How many times have we seen someone blown to bits in a movie, and we didn’t even bat an eye?

In the Church, we experience something similar: we are exposed to so many truly amazing things that we become numb to their wonder. Dogma, teachings, and ideas that have literally changed the world, end up being more like Church Trivia.

In preparation for Christmas, it’s important to remind ourselves what we are celebrating: the Incarnation.

Take a moment now, and really try to wrap your head around this – God, the almighty creator of the universe, became man. The Word became flesh. It’s inconceivable!

The Catechism calls the Incarnation the distinctive sign of the Christian faith. But, how often during Christmas do we really think about that? How much more time do we give to Christmas lists, decorating, and shopping trips?

Talk about being numb to a mystery of our faith.

The Catechism tells us that the Word became flesh…

  • in order to save us by reconciling us with God

  • so that thus we might know God’s love

  • to be our model of holiness

  • to make us “partakers of the divine nature”

The challenge for the week is to take time each day to ponder the Incarnation. Set a reminder or alarm on your phone or on your computer for the same time, everyday. Name it “Incarnation.” And every day, when the alarm goes off, take just a few seconds to remember that God became man for us.

 

Be the Men.