For anyone who is interested, I just found this Christmas blog post on the absolute primacy of Christ on the website of Frank Weathers, a recent (and somewhat reluctant, at first) convert to the Catholic Faith. Here is an excerpt:
Wow. Basically, this makes the Incarnation the pinnacle of God’s work of creation. He wills Christ first of all as the summum opus Dei, and his love for us, and for the angelic hosts, is so vast that God planned to enter into his handiwork “before the foundation of the world,” without his doing so being contingent upon mankind sinning. Which helps explain why Satan, and his followers, rebelled and started a war in heaven. I clearly remember being taught this in RCIA, by the priest teaching our class. Lucifer rebelled when he learned that God intended to become human. The idea that God would enter into the glory of his creation as a human, “lower than the angels,” was repugnant to Lucifer. And contrary to Humphrey’s thinking in the preface to his digest, St. Thomas did not refute any of this, as he made obvious while pondering this mystery.
“Wow” is right. The biggest surprise is when we are surprised by the truth. “I am the way, the truth and the life” (Jn 14:3).
In Corde Matris,
fr maximilian mary dean