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God desired from His eternity that the men and women He created find their way back to Him after the Fall

With the Incarnation, the good news of deliverance and redemption entered the human field of vision, made available to even the most depraved of minds. The Word becoming present to the senses and through the senses to the mind transfigured  human existence. The way of knowing called Faith could "see through the glass darkly" the gift of God's presence in the world, all that need be known and loved to receive eternal life.

Deal W. Hudson, Ph.D, is president of the Pennsylvania Catholics Network and former publisher and editor of Crisis Magazine. He is the Senior Correspondent for Church and Culture and a contributing writer for Catholic Online.

Deal W. Hudson, Ph.D, is president of the Pennsylvania Catholics Network and former publisher and editor of Crisis Magazine. He is the Senior Correspondent for Church and Culture and a contributing writer for Catholic Online.


WASHINGTON,DC (Catholic Online) - It began with a simple  fact: When God created man and woman He did not give them the mind of an angel. If humans were angels, God could have delivered His Word directly into their minds by illumination. Though created in His image and likeness, men and women derive all that they know through the senses.

Nothing is known to the human mind that does not have its beginning in the person's sensible encounter with the world. What is seen, heard, smelled, and touched is the beginning of all knowledge, from the color of a flower to the meaning of pi. The first principles governing our grasping the truth about things are themselves intuited, downloaded as it were, from our encounter with the world. If we look inside our minds we will see nothing that did not pass through our senses on its way.

God desired from His eternity that the men and women He created find their way back to Him after the Fall. God is love, after all. But sin lacerated human nature, obscuring but not destroying the mind's capacity to know, whether through science or faith. The damage to the mind is this: Knowing becomes the grist for our idolatry, making our desire to know itself a source of temptation.

Thus God spoke His Word by sending that Word into the human world, His Son, the Word, incarnated in a human body. The Word lived as a sensible being among those who learn and know by their senses, for whom sensation had become the occasion of sin.

With the Incarnation, the good news of deliverance and redemption entered the human field of vision, made available to even the most depraved of minds. The Word becoming present to the senses and through the senses to the mind transfigured  human existence. The way of knowing called Faith could "see through the glass darkly" the gift of God's presence in the world, all that need be known and loved to receive eternal life.

That our Christmas revels are bedecked with bright colors, the sound of voices singing, the aroma of candles burning, the touch of a package given or received is celebration that "God came down" to find us, so we might find Him.

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Deal W. Hudson, Ph.D, is president of the Pennsylvania Catholics Network and former publisher and editor of Crisis Magazine. He is the Senior Correspondent for Church and Culture and a contributing writer for Catholic Online.  

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Keywords: Incarnation, humility, Nativity, Advent, good news, redemption, faith, Deal W Hudson



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1 - 3 of 3 Comments

  1. Christine
    10 months ago

    Beautiful, thank you.

  2. Bob Hugelmeyer
    10 months ago

    Simply put yet profound. Our senses perceive the very creation which we rationalize and interpret through our fallen nature, our concupiscence, as an apparent good when in fact our sinful behavior caused a break in our relationship with God. Jesus, fully divine and fully human, came to reveal the Father and to show us how to live as the new Adam and the new Moses.

  3. Trinbagonian
    10 months ago

    Thanks Deacon Hudson. I was drawn to your article. Thanks be to God.
    Thanks for opening me up to the aspect of difference between angel and man in the Why God Became Man - you emptied me of some years of confusion there. Also you helped to emphasize for me God's Love even more in the superior greatness He bestowed to angels and His giving to humanity of Himself to overcome satan's clutch on us. Thanks a lot.

    I wanted to celebrate too the super presence of Mary in all this - she who helped God find us to rescue us through Jesus. You know God came down to ... her to request Himself Be In ... her. What a Blessed Lady! And what a Glorious God!
    In our weak sinful nature, may we ask Our Holy Mother for her help to climb up the mountain to God. Holy Mother of God Incarnate pray for us. Holy God Come!

    God bless. Joy of Advent to you!

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