There have sometimes been Christmas In July events emphasizing giving charitable gifts to the needy. But really the meaning of Christmas is something one can never stop contemplating. And I’m not talking about peace and good will toward men, as is so often made the center of the Christmas proclamation. No, I’m thinking of the incarnation – Almighty God becoming a man in Jesus. The baby born to Mary, growing as a boy in Nazareth, supporting his family as a carpenter, and later becoming a teacher throughout Israel. God becoming one of us, a real human being. Why? Why would ALMIGHTY GOD, creator of the universe, almighty, all powerful, all knowing, humble Himself so much as to identify completely with His lowly, rebellious creatures? Why? The answer to that “why” question must touch the center of our life. St. John gives the answer in his Gospel. “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son that whosoever believes in Him would not perish but have eternal life.”(3:16) God sent His Son to die as an atoning sacrifice for our sins so that we could return to full and lasting fellowship with Him. This “why” question causes us to look at the depth of love God really has for each of us, to see Jesus, the Christ, as the center of our life, and to bow humble in worship of our gracious God. Think about it, and celebrate Christmas all year through.