Some words on renewal:
135. God is eternal newness. He impels us constantly to set out anew, to pass beyond what is familiar, to the fringes and beyond. He takes us to where humanity is most wounded, where men and women, beneath the appearance of a shallow conformity, continue to seek an answer to the question of life’s meaning. God is not afraid! He is fearless! He is always greater than our plans and schemes. Unafraid of the fringes, he himself became a fringe (cf. Philippians 2:6-8; John 1:14). So if we dare to go to the fringes, we will find him there; indeed, he is already there. Jesus is already there, in the hearts of our brothers and sisters, in their wounded flesh, in their troubles and in their profound desolation. He is already there.
In speaking of the Incarnation, Pope Francis reminds us that Jesus rejected the call to rule all the kingdoms of the world. He was not afraid of dying and being buried unnoticed in a remote corner of the world, two millennia before social media. One might think God would insert himself into the human experience at a time when the technology was well-developed, when he could reach the whole world personally, when it might seem his cadre of disciples might be larger.