Dr. Regis Martin, professor of Theology at Franciscan University and author for Crisis Magazine, writes on the Christmas triad: Christ, church, Eucharist.
Who would not want to go to that party? Why would anyone disdain to join in a celebration so positively glorious? “Earth’s crammed with heaven,” Elizabeth Barrett Browning tells us. “And every common bush afire with God.” All because the Lord of the universe elected to walk among us, becoming one of us. Indeed, if he had not so resolutely inserted himself in that first shattering episode of Incarnation, how would we know his presence continues in the Church he founded, which lays such a scandalous claim to being his bride? Or—and here the Church’s faith pushes the envelope right to the limit—in the Eucharist itself, which, by a singular power given to her by Christ, mysteriously prolongs that very presence until the end of time?