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Have you ever considered this startling, breathtaking reality: God, the Creator of heaven and earth, entered our world as an embryo like you and me? Cell by cell, He developed in the womb of His mother, Mary. Why would God do this?

From all eternity, God’s radical love and desire to be in an intimate relationship with each of us impelled Him to take on human flesh. Jesus, the second person of the Holy Trinity, came to experience everything with His creatures — from conception, to ordinary life, to suffering, to glory.

Through His life and death, “Jesus reveals the face of His Father and hands over to us human beings the task of discovering our own faces … I have a unique way of keeping God’s image in me, configuring myself to Christ and being fruitful” (Fr. Jacques Phillipe). The unique way God loves me, and the way I love Him and the world He created, reveals an essential part of who I am.

Originally printed in IMPRINT Magazine Fall 2021.