Because we are still in the Christmas season and because it is so significant, I want to re-post some of what I posted last week from Steve Pokorny’s Catholic Exchange article on the REAL meaning of Christmas:
Have you ever really listened to “Oh come, all ye faithful?” Check out the third verse:
Yea, Lord, we greet Thee
Born this happy morning;
Jesus, to Thee be all glory giv’n;
Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing.
In the public square, the Second Person of the Trinity was proclaimed by His sons and daughters as coming down to earth, to wrap Himself in human flesh, and to become one like us. All the hopes and dreams of humanity hinges on that one small child who came to earth to bring us to heaven. And He came in A BODY. And it would be this Body, given for us, that would give new hope and new meaning of our own bodies.
The body matters. What we do with our bodies matters. We especially know this is true because of the mystery of the Word made flesh. In Christ the “whole fullness of deity dwells bodily” (Colossians 2:9). Through this fact, the John Paul II says, the human body “entered theology…through the main door” (TOB 23:4).
The truth is that only in the mystery of the incarnate Word does the mystery of man take on light…Christ, the final Adam, by the revelation of the mystery of the Father and His love, fully reveals man to man himself and makes his supreme calling clear. (Gaudium et Spes 22)