He Came Down from Heaven!

John 6:42
They said, “Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How does He now say, ‘I have come down from heaven’?”

The Incarnation has always been the hardest doctrine for people to believe.  There is something so dullingly ordinary about what our senses present to us that we figure there just can’t be anything going on behind the scenes with things and people that we see every day.  Somehow, the knowledge that Jesus was fully human, with parents like anybody else, made it impossible for His hearers to believe that He could be anything special – even when they had just seen Him perform the miracle of the loaves and fishes.  This curious inertia still afflicts us today.  We find it hard to believe that our dull and uninteresting neighbor will one day go up to heaven just as we found it hard to believe the fascinating and amazing Jesus came down from there.  The problem might lie not with the teaching of Christ concerning His origin and our destiny, but with our ability to believe.  Today, believe.

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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