Hear in kindness, O Lord, the prayers of your people, that those who rejoice at the coming of your Only Begotten Son in our flesh may, when at last he comes in glory, gain the reward of eternal life. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
Today’s prayer shows the dynamic of the Incarnation of Our Lord in such a way as to highlight how magnanimous He is to us. Jesus, as the Second Person of the Holy Trinity, is God. Our Lord loves us so much that He descended from Heaven and took human flesh, our human flesh. This is why the celebration of His nativity at Christmas is so important: God was born for us. Our Blessed Lord eschewed the luxury, pomp, and circumstance of earthly rulers. Even if Our Lord had had the best of what this world had to offer, it still would have been beneath His divine dignity. Jesus took on our lowliness. In the manger at Bethlehem, Our Lord shows us true humility by entrusting His rearing to Our Lady and St Joseph. The lowliness assumed by Our Blessed Lord shows His great love humanity.