And Became Man!

John 1:14
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth; we have beheld His glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father.

The central miracle of the Christian Faith is that God became man.  God, the invisible power that hurled Andromeda and invented DNA and holds quarks together and spoke to prophets and parted the Red Sea and knows everything and can do everything – that God somehow joined Himself to a single cell in the womb of a creature with a digestive tract built on the same basic model as that of an earthworm, with blood that reflects the same salinity levels as the seawater from which life sprang, bearing a nervous system, endocrine glands, musculature and gene array that is made of the same sort of stuff as most of the rest of the animal kingdom.  Scandalous when you put it that way?  You bet!  But that is the Christian claim.  And if it doesn’t shock you, you haven’t been listening.  Today, be shocked again by the awe of the Incarnation and ask “What is man that Thou are mindful of him?” (Psalm 8:4).

Mark Shea


Mark P. Shea is a popular Catholic writer and speaker. The author of numerous books, his most recent work is The Work of Mercy (Servant) and The Heart of Catholic Prayer (Our Sunday Visitor). Mark contributes numerous articles to many magazines, including his popular column “Connecting the Dots” for the National Catholic Register. Mark is known nationally for his one minute “Words of Encouragement” on Catholic radio. He also maintains the Catholic and Enjoying It blog and regularly blogs for National Catholic Register. He lives in Washington state with his wife, Janet, and their four sons.

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