Thursday, December 27, 2007

flesh and blood


This Christmas I've been reflecting on the earthiness of the incarnation. What was it like for the Holy Child? And what changes because of it? God with us, alongside us, one of us. If God comes in this way then God must come deep into the human condition. Flesh and blood. Capable of the best [and what a best]; of the worst [that possibility surely has to be there, though scripture and tradition are very clear that Jesus never took that option]; even, perhaps capable of the mediocre [question: did Jesus ever do anything half-heartedly?] Whatever it was like for the God-Man I find in the incarnation strength, hope and possibility. Whatever we face, God is truly with us, alongside us, one of us. Someone has travelled this way before.

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