Posts Tagged ‘Incarnation’

Obligations and the Incarnation

From the very beginnings of Christianity, the faithful have been abundantly blessed by the cycles of feast and fast days. From the great Holy Day of the Lord’s Resurrection, to the “little Easters” on each Sunday, to the celebrations of the triumphs of the martyrs, confessors, and virgins, the Church is enriched beyond measure by the graces of a God who began his public ministry on earth on the joyous occasion of a wedding....

Why Did Christ Come?

Years ago, when my children were both young and endearing (they are still endearing but not so young), they would often ask me when I thought God would open the clouds and come down.

“How should I know?” I would invariably reply. “I’m only a theologian. Go ask your mother!”

It must have worked, too, because I am no longer asked that particular question. Other questions have come to visit and vex me: “Can...

The Word Made Flesh

Editor’s Note: The Solemnity of the Annunication is usually celebrated on the 25th of March. The liturgical commemoration of the Annunciation was transferred to the 8th of April because the 25th of March occurred during holy week.

March 25 is the Solemnity of the Annunciation, the day that Mary said “yes” to conceiving Christ. Consistent with the inaugural day of Christ’s life in her womb, the Nativity, or birth of Christ, is exactly...

Christmas—Oh the Humanity!

Christmas is a time that truly reveals our humanity. As Christians we celebrate the revelation of the Incarnation, which does not refer solely to God becoming a man, but also recognizes that Jesus really enters into our humanity—with all its beauty, ordinariness, occasional chaos, and stress.

We often gaze upon picturesque nativity scenes with Mary and Joseph perfectly placed around the peaceful baby Jesus. A soft light illumines the resting animals and adoring shepherds while...

Is St. Joseph a Model for Fathers?

At first glance, St. Joseph is so hardly known in the sacred scriptures, how can he be a model? Joseph did not consummate the marriage to his wife, the Virgin Mary. He lived a life of complete and total celibacy and chastity within his marriage. His son Jesus was truly God and really had no need to learn anything from him. Further, he was a carpenter and most fathers do not have that...