The word of the Father by whom all time was created was made flesh and born in time for us. He without whose divine permission no day completes its course, wished to have one of those days for His human birth. In the bosom of His Father He existed before all the cycles of the ages. Born of an earthly mother, He entered on the course of the years on that very day.
The maker of man became man that He ruler of the stars might be nourished at the breast…
- that He the bread might be hungry,
- that He the fountain might thirst,
- that He the light might sleep,
- that He the way might be wearied in the journey,
- that He the truth might be accused by false witnesses,
- that He the judge of the living and the dead might be brought to trial by a mortal judge,
- that He justice itself might be condemned by the unjust,
- that He discipline personified might be scourged with a whip,
- that He the foundation might be suspended on a cross,
- that He courage incarnate might be weak, and He security itself might be wounded, and He life itself might die.
To endure these and similar indignities for us, to free us, unworthy creatures, He who existed as the Son of God before all ages, without a beginning, deigned to become the Son of Man in these recent years. He did this although He who submitted to such great evils for our sake had done no evil and although we, who were the recipients of so much good at His hands, had done nothing to merit these benefits.
(Augustine of Hippo, 191.1.)
“The Bible never tells us to celebrate His birth,
but to look at the cross and remember its worth!“