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All Catholics are natives of Nazareth, though most of us will never see the place. In Nazareth, we believe, the creator of the universe took flesh in a woman’s womb and became one of us. For thirty years God lived in that village, made his home with a mother and a father, held down a job, and answered to a common name, Jesus. We believe that God came to Nazareth to share his life with the human family he had created, that he came to reveal a plan of love that includes you and me and every person ever born or yet to be born. Here, God came to live a man’s life so that we could live God’s life.
This is an audacious claim, unique among the world’s religions and philosophies. The history of religion is the history of the human search for inner peace, prosperity, and transcendence-in a word, for God. Singular in that history is the Catholic confession that the tables have been turned, that God has come in search of us.
David Scott. The Catholic Passion: Rediscovering the Power and Beauty of the Faith (Kindle Locations 55-64). Kindle Edition.
David Scott is a Los Angeles-based scholar, writer, and editor with a special interest in religion and culture. Scott has held the top editorial positions at the nation’s largest independent Catholic newspaper, Our Sunday Visitor (1993-2000), and the world’s largest independent Catholic wire service, Catholic News Agency (2010-2012). Currently he serves as Vice Chancellor for Communications for the Archbishop of Los Angeles. He lives in L.A. with his wife and their five children