When Mary went shopping at the market place many people saw baby Jesus in his mother’s arms. I am sure some of the women said ‘oh, how cute, he has Joseph’s nose’. Mary probably smiled and thought to herself… ‘it’s a long story’.
Indeed it is a long story! An angel, her cousin Elizabeth, a dream, a census, Bethlehem, poverty, a visit from kings, the presentation in the temple, a flight into Egypt…yes I think this would be way more than a checkout line chat.
It’s a long story and yet it’s very simple. I love the following quote of Pope Benedict XVI where he states this well. Speaking of baby Jesus, he says:
“He does not want to overwhelm us with his strength. He takes away our fear of his greatness. He asks for our love: so he makes himself a child. He wants nothing other from us than our love, through which we spontaneously learn to enter into his feelings, his thoughts and his will” Midnight mass 2006
This Advent don’t forget how real it is that God became man!