Advent reminds us we once welcomed Jesus home to earth, and it didn't go so well. Humanity messed up. We're still messing up. To become human is to risk two things: to risk being inhumane to others, or to risk being treated inhumanely.
When we consider the Incarnation this Advent, let's remember the valuing of humanity over ideology. And, perhaps in a fresh way, let's receive the permission we need to live healthier, safer, more truly human lives.