My wife and I were pretty transparent in buying each other Christmas gifts this year. I know I’m getting a couple new Catholic Bible commentaries, and she knows she’s getting a miraculous medal.
She always liked the simple aluminum one she had, but she lost it. I found a really nice sterling silver one at a local Catholic gift shop, but this morning she told me she doesn’t want to know how much it cost—or she might feel like taking it back.
She joked that I should be grateful to such have a “thrifty” wife… so I’ll never have to worry about getting her expensive gifts; and that we’re meant for each other since I didn’t have a lot of money anyway when we got married.
I joked back: “You’re right… except that means I don’t get any expensive gifts neither!”
Well, that conversation inspired me to get to the bottom of our wifi issues the last few days so I can jot down a few thoughts on the laptop.
Thank God for smartphones and data or I don’t know how we would’ve ever gotten by!
Anyways, this Advent season really got me thinking about the incarnation and birth of Christ as it relates to the Eucharist.
I’ve always loved those documentaries on the immense size of the universe;
where they begin by showing how small we are on this big planet….
then they zoom out to show how small earth is in comparison to the sun….
they zoom out a bit more and show how small our sun is….
a bit more to show how small our solar system is….
then how small our galaxy is….
They’ve always helped me reflect on how BIG the Creator of all that is, but also on His immense love for us; because it helps me to at least try wrapping my head around God’s humility—emptying Himself of that BIGNESS (for lack of a better word), in order to come into our smallness and walk with us; to live with us.
How Jesus chose to be born into this very broken world not in wealth or grandeur, but in poverty; showing beyond all doubt how much He wants to enter our own personal brokenness and poverty, and share in our life so we can share in His.
How He came to be with us so completely, so we can be with Him for eternity.
If I’m honest with myself, there’s plenty of room for me to grow in contemplating and appreciating how Jesus offers that to me and each of us every day in the Eucharist—and for the same reasons.
Reflecting on all this helps me in that area; because if I can wrap my head around Christ’s incarnation, birth, and the fact that He walked among us, then as I contemplate on how He comes to us in every Mass—under the humble form of bread—I think to myself:
Isn’t that just like our LORD.
“Behold, daily he humbles himself as when he came from the royal throne into the womb of the Virgin; daily he comes to us in a humble form; daily he comes down from the bosom of the Father upon the altar in the hands of the priest.” (Admonitions of St. Francis 1:16-18)