This is a meditation on the Incarnation that I wrote last Christmas for Give Us this Day, published by Liturgical Press. It is my Christmas card to all of you, the dear readers of this blog.
And the word became flesh.
What does that mean?
It means God in carnus, conceived in a woman,
implanted in a womb.
It means composed of the basic elements of the cosmos.
It means embedded within earth’s community of beings.
It means a unique DNA… and muscles, lipids, neurons, blood, bone.
It means a brain, lungs, a digestive tract, a beating heart.
It means being born of a woman, a mother, Mary.
And the Word became flesh.
It means the Divine became human,
The Eternal entered time,
The Omnipresent submitted to the confines of specific places.
The Beyond-the-Beyond, was now here, now now.
The Almighty became weak, vulnerable, helpless.
Sovereignty was transformed into lowliness.
The Thundering Voice on Sinai, now an infant’s whimper, now a piercing Waah!
The Self-Existent One, now a suckling at a mother’s breast.
The Always Was, now part of the ever-changing-is.
The Ancient of Days, a newborn.
The Invisible, now clear as day.
The Totally Other, now one of us.
The Transcendent One, Now Emmanuel,
God-with-us, God-for-us, God-among-us, Jesus.
Then and now. There and here. Yesterday. Today. Tomorrow.
And what is our response to this event ungraspable?
A breathless, Wow!” Then, “O Come let us adore him!”
PS: I will not post a reflection next Monday, December 23. But I will post three Christmas songs for you. My next regular reflection will be posted December 30.
Our song is “Noel” by Chris Tomlin, featuring Lauren Daigle as the vocalist. This simple yet powerful song captures some of the amazement and wonder of the real meaning of Christmas.
If you care to respond to this reflection and/or song, please do so below. We all love hearing from you!