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February 4, 2023
Incarnate

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Incarnate. One of the hallmarks of living with Dominicans (also true when I was a Diocesan priest as well) is the type of theological discussion that often does not lend itself to resolution. One such conversation for me was a discussion about whether the Incarnation or the Resurrection of Jesus was more important. Another was the appropriate end to Mass in a parish, instrumental or closing hymn. I have noticed in my own life, however, that sometimes it becomes more important to me to be right rather than to seek the truth. There are so many ways we can think we understand the Incarnation, without really allowing Jesus to become Incarnate in our lives and in our hearts.

Homily given at Saint Dominic Priory, Saint Louis, Missouri. Readings for Christmas Mass During the Day. Listen to our other homilies.

Incarnate
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Let Jesus be Incarnate into your heart and introduce him to others

One of the hallmarks of living with Dominicans (also true when I was a Diocesan priest as well) is the type of theological discussion that often does not lend itself to resolution. One such conversation for me was a discussion about whether the Incarnation or the Resurrection of Jesus was more important. Another was the appropriate end to Mass in a parish, instrumental or closing hymn.

I have noticed in my own life, however, that sometimes it becomes more important to me to be right rather than to seek the truth. There are so many ways we can think we understand the Incarnation, without really allowing Jesus to become Incarnate in our lives and in our hearts.

In other words, we can know the faith, we can know about Jesus, but we do not always focus on how well we know Jesus, and most importantly, how well we live this faith. I have to ask myself many times if the way I live my faith life is the type that invites others to want to know Jesus.

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