A Babe & a baby
Sharing Faith and Family by Pat Miron {Great Grandpa} …
A mystery?

In my role as a catechist, I seldom include personal things about me and my family. But in participating this morning in EWTN”s daily Mass, one of my personal favorite Homeliest; Father Wade Mendez touched a “soft spot” of mine. The BABE Jesus and why God, the creator of every living thing and the entire Universe choose to come as a tiny helpless baby. After all, He is God, … He is King of Kings, Lord of Lord’s, He is all MIGHTY & All Powerful. So why did he choose to come as a tiny helpless Babe?

On December 3td, Karen {my bride of 47 years and counting] and I became Great grand -parents for a second time. I was completely awed by the fragility of our new great-grand-daughter, who we nick named “Scooter.” … [How soon we forget] … honestly, her tinny round face looks just like a Cherub; a tiny Angel. {9lbs 6ozs.} It was love at first sight!

As I held her the day she was born [grandma was the delivery coach], and being so close to Christmas, I could not help but reflect on Jesus, My, and OUR God, being this small, this helpless, this dependent upon mere mortals for his very life and sustenance.

It occurred to me that not only was this an act of incalculable love, but also an immeasurable , and deeply profound act of humility, and something I had thought too little of; a freely chosen act of enormous faith. He could do absolutely nothing for himself, and made himself totally dependent on his mother Mary, and “father” Joseph. My next thought was if Jesus has this much faith in His Created humanity [Genesis 1:26-27 & Isaiah 43: verse 7 & 21]; what must He expect from us, in faith returned?

Jesus didn’t say “follow me”; he said “take up your Cross and follow me.” [Mt. 5:19] ….

Father Wade asked; “what if the only image of Christ we had, was Christ hanging on the Cross?” Or what if the only image we had was Christ Resurrected?” … Both, near polar opposite differences would have been at best intimidating, and frightening. Certainly people in large numbers would have at least been reluctant to approach Christ in either case.

But who is intimidated or afraid of a new-born Babe? Especially one wrapped is swaddling clothes, born in a barn, and laying in a major? No one. And only the hard headed, hard hearted does not have tender [even loving] feeling towards a new born, tiny and innocent baby.

Luke 2:11-16 “For, this day, is born to you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord, in the city of David. And this shall be a sign unto you. You shall find the infant wrapped in swaddling clothes, and laid in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly army, praising God, and saying: Glory to God in the highest; and on earth peace to men of good will. And it came to pass, after the angels departed from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another: Let us go over to Bethlehem, and let us see this word that is come to pass, which the Lord hath shewed to us.”

Certainly part of the reason for the Incarnation, was our Creators desire to experience firsthand what His Created experienced. But just as clearly; Almighty God choose this form to manifest many key lessons for us. … Divine Providence desired to be loved, and to be loveable and accessible to all. He desired not to intimidate, not to threaten, not to force; rather to give us every opportunity to love him as he loves us, to choose him as he had already chosen us from time immortal.

What an amazing and Mysterious God we have. Because God is [Agape} love; and a new infant reflects and elicits that very emotion from us; even as a tiny newborn Babe, Jesus was teaching us what we must know, and what he expects from us. … John 13:34-35 “A new commandment I give unto you: That you love one another, as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this shall all men know that you are my disciples, if you have love one for another.” Amen!

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