The Nativity of the Lord
December 25, 2016
“Let us go, then, to Bethlehem to see this thing that has taken place,
which the Lord has made known to us.”
Today we celebrate the Incarnation, the feast of God becoming flesh (the Latin “in carne” means “enfleshment”). It is a uniquely Christian teaching, the Divine choosing to become one of us. Because of this, we believe not only that God is transcendent but also that he is wholly immersed in human life—immanent, Emmanuel (“God-with-us”).
Jesus was born in Bethlehem, a town whose name means “House of Bread.” His mother laid him in a manger, a feeding trough, a hint that someday he would be bread for the world.
“Bread of life, hope for the world, Jesus Christ our brother,
feed us now, give us life, lead us to one another” (© Bernadette Farrell, 1982, published by OCP)
Incarnate One, born in the House of Bread, feed us with your divine love.
May the carols and songs we sing in the season of the Incarnation
be a vehicle for all to feed on the Paschal Lamb
who sends us out as bread for the life of the world.
Michael R. Prendergast
Sacred Liturgy Ministries