Those who know me privately know that I love children very much. It comes perhaps as no surprise to them that my favorite devotional title of our Blessed Lord, Jesus Christ, is the Divine Infant.
Our Blessed Lord has countless different titles. He is the Messias, the Redeemer, the Son of Man, the Sun of Righteousness, the King of kings and Lord of lords. He is the Word Made Flesh, the Revelation of the Father, the Holy Savior. He is the Wonderful Counselor, the Mighty God, the Prince of Peace. But I think that none of the titles He rightly bears is as beautiful and as awe-inspiring as that of the Divine Infant.
Every year at Christmas, we celebrate Our Savior's birth and have ample opportunity to contemplate this great mystery of the Incarnate God. It is really a truth impossible to fathom, a truth so great and wonderful that our minds must capitulate before it, confessing their own insufficiency in the face of such overwhelming a mystery.
Christ Jesus came here in the same way all of us have: as a baby. He did not choose to be simply "dropped down" from Heaven and show Himself as an adult; rather, He chose to humble Himself so much that He became like us in all things but sin. And so He was born in a lowly stable that most blessed night, born of a woman, really and truly, as a baby like everyone else.
It is so easy to read those things, again and again, in Holy Scripture and in spiritual reading, but we really ought to pause each time and reflect deeply upon this truth, this great mystery of the Incarnation. It is breath-taking. Picture the little Infant Jesus, appearing no different from any other little boy, so sweet and holy and innocent, so pure and noble and blessed. It should put tears into our eyes! There He was in the manger, a helpless little babe, totally dependent on His holy Mother Mary for everything. And yet, at the same time, He was also the Creator of the world, without whom nothing was made (see John 1:3).
How could the Almighty God ever do such a thing, humbling Himself to this extent? It is mind-blowing. He who is without sin so humbled Himself for our sake! This ought to make us ashamed every time we think we are suffering because we are unjustly accused, humiliated, or defamed. We deserve such humiliation on account of our sins; but our Blessed Lord was perfectly holy and pure, and yet He humbled Himself to this extent. And of course we know that His freely-accepted humiliation did not end in the manger; there it just began.
This Christmas, may we have a greater love for humility and self-denial, so that we can come closer to Him, the Divine Infant.