The middle school youth will understand our call to humility, as well as to respect the dignity of all humans. They also will understand the concept of social justice.
We all know that Jesus came from modest beginnings. The Catechism of the Catholic Church reminds us that:
Jesus was born in a humble stable, into a poor family. Simple shepherds were the first witnesses to this event. In this poverty heaven’s glory was made manifest. (525)
As we emulate Jesus in our Christian walk, we are called to emulate his humility, too.
To become a child in relation to God is the condition for entering the kingdom. For this, we must humble ourselves and become little. Even more: to become “children of God” we must be “born from above” or “born of God.” Only when Christ is formed in us will the mystery of Christmas be fulfilled in us. Christmas is the mystery of this “marvelous exchange”:
“O marvelous exchange! Man’s Creator has become man, born of the Virgin. We have been made sharers in the divinity of Christ who humbled himself to share our humanity.” (526)