Christmas and Easter are the high points of the Christian liturgical calendar, which emphasise the two great truths and theology of the faith. The incarnation emphasises God’s love and grace through what is called incarnational theology, (literally God coming in human form) and Easter as the call to repentance and belief in the life, death and resurrection of God which emphasises redemptive theology.
The idea of God coming as a baby is extremely difficult for us in the 21st century – it is not logical, it cannot be factual and it most definitely is not rational. This is because Christianity cannot ultimately be learned as some form of propositional fact – it needs to be experienced to be true. Only when we draw on what is called trans-rationality, experience of God, are we able to encounter paradox, through experience of encountering God. Then the gift of GOd coming into the world is awe inspiring, because it has to be the ultimate expression of love.
You only have to see just how vulnerable newly born children are, to see what a risk God made in coming in human form. It is ultimately a mystery that emphasises God’s love for us. Emmanuel literally means -the God with us. It is this ‘with us’ that moves me every time I go to midnight mass at a local church in the dark, to the light and hope of the divine story of the coming of the Lord, of the Trinity and the beginning of the Kingdom of God on earth.