A Brief Christmas refection
By Patrick Miron
“It is in Christ, “the image of the invisible God,” that man has been created “in the image and likeness” of the Creator.”
Catechism of the RCC
1705 “By virtue of his soul and his spiritual powers of intellect and will, man is endowed with freedom, an “outstanding manifestation of the divine image.
BUT not without God’s expectations:
Isa.43:  everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made.” &  the people whom I formed for myself that they might declare my praise.”
Have you ever pondered just why, Christ [GOD], choose to become “Incarnate man.”
The reasons [plural] are many, complex and profound, I’ll list a few in the hope that you will choice just ONE of them to give some consideration to as your gift to Jesus.
Before doing so though, it is of critical importance to recognize that GOD [“All good things perfected”], could have chosen another, and alternative way.
GOD choose to become a mortal man because:
“The Apostle Paul wrote, ”And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh . . . ” (I Timothy 3:16). Confessedly, by common consent the Incarnation of Jesus Christ is outside the range of human natural comprehension and apprehension. It can be made known only by Divine revelation in the Holy Scriptures, and to those only who are illumined by the Holy Spirit. It is a truth of the greatest magnitude that God in the Person of His Son should identify Himself completely with the human race. And yet He did, for reasons He set forth clearly in His Word”
John.1 Verses 1 to 10
 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was in the beginning with God;  all things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made.  In him was life, and the life was the light of men.  The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.  There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.  He came for testimony, to bear witness to the light, that all might believe through him.  He was not the light, but came to bear witness to the light.  The true light that enlightens every man was coming into the world.  He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world knew him not”
Gal.4 Verses 4 to 5
 “But 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.”
So here then is the FIRST reason:
Because shortly after the Creation of man; Adam, co-opted by Eve freely choose to deny God’s Sovereignty, which resulted in heavens access being closed even before it was used, and was paramount amongst many other justified penalties.
Secondly: In all of Creation with its Billions of stars, planets, and living things; only one thing; only man, created in the very image of our God [Gen.1:26-27] was gifted with the ability to Know, Love and Serve God; therefore that became our primary reason to exist. Because we alone could; we alone SHOULD.
Thirdly: The form and the manner of Christ Incarnation was and is nearly incomprehensible.
Luke.1 Verses 26 to 35
 In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth,  to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary.  And he came to her and said, “Hail, FULL OF GRACE the Lord is with you!”  But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and considered in her mind what sort of greeting this might be.  And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.  And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus.  He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David,  and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; and of his kingdom there will be no end.”  And Mary said to the angel, “How shall this be, since I have no husband?”  And the angel said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God.
 And she gave birth to her first-born son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn. ….  And this will be a sign for you: you will find a babe wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” ….  And they went with haste, and found Mary and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.
So our third point of consideration rest in the fact that God choose this form of humanity for at least two reasons:
- Because in all of creation, only man is created in His very own image & likeness
- We know from the Old Testament that God never appeared in person to His Old Testament Chosen people; rather as a voice, a cloud, a burning bush, and the wind. [Those instances where it is termed to have God appear “in person”, are metaphorical, and refer to His Angels, [“messengers”] who are at times identified, and at times not so.]
- God therefore choose the human form because it was and remains the pinnacle, the most complex and most exalted of all of His creations.
- God choose to “become a mortal man” so as not to frighten us. Hence the birth in a manger, and the peasant-poor parents. So that we COULD actually know God, and not simply of God. So that we could actually identify with God, and love Him and not fear Him. We are to have AWE of God, but not actually “fear” Him, as His Love and Mercy exceed our failures, when, like Him we have humility, and repent and convert.
Luke.2: 11 “for to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”
Have a Blessed, Holy, Healthy and God-centered Christmas dear friends. Enjoy your loved ones, and keep the Christ Child in mind.