The reason Christ wanted to be born of the Virgin was so that through Him we might be born of God; so that He might be born in us and so that we might obtain His form or likeness.—Johann Gerhard, Schola Pietatis I:59.
[The spiritually asleep] do not sense how great is the grace that caused Jesus Christ to enter the world to save sinners. For them, Jesus remains a stranger, and the world remains their highest good. They do not come to hate sin or to understand that everything the world offers and everything man strives after avails nothing. They never understand, as Solomon did, that “all is vanity.”—C. F. W. Walther, God Grant It!, p. 32.