The Mystery of the Incarnation

 

After contemplating the mystery of Jesus, born for us, we need to journey deeper into our knowledge of Christ and His nature. The celebration of Epiphany (“manifestation”) assists us in dong this. The Child Who was born in Bethlehem is not just a child, He is God Who became one of us, in what we call the “Mystery of the Incarnation”  (Jn 1:14).

 

This truth is behind every other moment or action in the life of Jesus. If we are conscious of this reality, we will see that the Child born for us is more than a child; He is God-for-us. We will also realize that the Man preaching to us about His kingdom is not just another preacher, but God talking to us, and the same with the man who gave His life for us.

 

Recognizing the divinity of Jesus in every single moment of His life gives us a better understanding of all that He has done for us, because even though His actions could be the same as anyone else’s, they may take on a new meaning because of the person who is doing them.

 

Pope Francis has impressed the world by doing the same things that many people do, but since is the pope our perception of those actions changes. Imagine then that that person who is doing what we do is Jesus, the Incarnate Word of God.

 

He came to us as the Light, that each of us would see the truth about ourselves and about God.  He is present among us, inviting us to accept Him and follow Him.  As you know, some did receive Him and others did not.

But to those who did accept him he gave power to become children of God, to those who believe in his name, who were born not by natural generation nor by human choice nor by a man’s decision but of God.  (Jn 1:12-13).

 

This is the vision of John: we are touched by God and by His Son, and the mystery is what we will do, how we will react to this gift of God, the One Who became man for us and who is still among us.

 

Today’s celebration, The Epiphany of the Lord, reminds us that even though He was born just as we are born, and even though he looks like us and speaks like us, we need to see the real Jesus, whose birth changed the history of the world. and whose message goes beyond the bounds of space and time. Remaining with us, He asks us to follow Him, today and every single moment of our lives.

Fr. Sergio