A: You know, there comes a time when the importance of an event finally “sinks in,” and we discover just how overwhelming the magnitude and consequences have been of that important occasion. Being truly overwhelmed with insight, we’re at a loss for words.
How can we describe a true mystery of our faith? How can we explain to those without faith in Christ, or those lax or wavering in their Christian faith, just how awesome indeed was the birth of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ? That someone divine became human?
Just think about it! The creator of the universe, the author of all that is, chose to become just like us in all things (except sin). He loved us so much that he created us to share in his divinity, but he also chose to humbly share in our humanity with all the pain and suffering it would bring him, even a cruel agony and death on the cross. This mystery and reality is symbolised at every Mass all over the world, in these words prayed at the altar when a drop of water is added to the wine:
“By the mystery of this water and wine may we come to share in the divinity of Christ who humbled himself to share in our humanity.”
Somehow, in a way known only to God, Jesus was born in poverty in Bethlehem over 2,000 years ago—a real human person, but with two natures, one human and one divine. The word “awesome” doesn’t come close to doing justice to the true implication of this virgin birth. All we can do is respond just like the song by Fr. John Foley, SJ pleads with us: “I fall on my knees, to the Father of Jesus, the Lord who has shown us the glory of God...” (Hymn from Dwelling Place).
The Holy Spirit, “the Lord, the giver of Life,” is sent to sanctify the womb of the Virgin