The Incarnation, the Eucharist, and the Passion

While the Christmas season is still going on, I would like to draw your attention to some topics for mental prayer that might be particularly helpful when meditated on together – the Incarnation, the Eucharist, and the Passion.

What can be gained from meditating on these three topics together? There can be an emphasis on the humility and love of Christ, as well as His role in our salvation, for instance.

Humility

God took on human flesh in His Incarnation, and during Christmas we adore Him as a baby in His Nativity. Furthermore we can see His great humility in becoming a baby.

Where else can we see this humility? In the Eucharist, He shows it again. He – being infinite, omnipotent – lets us eat Him. He lets sinners eat Him and thereby become more like Him.

In His Passion, He lets Himself be subject to unjust punishment under the authority of others, thereby humbling Himself.

Love

Can we imagine the love that it would take for God to take on human flesh in His Incarnation, knowing that He would endure His Passion and die a death of crucifixion? While we cannot fathom it, meditating on this love might help us a great deal in understanding the love of Christ and understanding what we can about Christ.

Furthermore if we consider these things in light of the Eucharist and His self-sacrifice in that context, it can help improve our understanding of His love. The Incarnation and the Passion made the Eucharist possible. His love for us in the Incarnation and the Passion made the Eucharist possible, His self-sacrifice.

Christ and Our Salvation

What can we say about our salvation? Christ’s Incarnation enabled our salvation. His Passion enabled our salvation. His Real Presence in the Eucharist enables our salvation. By allowing us to receive Him in the Eucharist, He enables our salvation.

Meditating about these truths can help us to understand and appreciate what we can about God and His love for us. It can give us motivation to grow in virtue and help us to see how to practice the virtues of humility and love more clearly, and it can help us to develop a stronger faith – for instance, in the Eucharist and the Passion.

Even outside of the Christmas season, mental prayer with all three of these topics together can be helpful for the reasons already mentioned as none of them depend on the season that is being observed in any of the Church calendars.

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