December 26

Reflection

The very scandal of Christianity lies in the fact that it sees divinity in humanity. It’s a hard idea to swallow.  Every major religion recognizes the role of the Creator in the development of life. Gods everywhere look down from the heavens of the world religions and pronounce laws or grapple with demons or pass judgment from on high. Only Christianity argues that the Creator has taken on the flesh and blood of creation in order to bring us to assert the divine in ourselves…

In the Christmas story we see God become helpless, become like us, become subject to the tensions of growth, become flesh so we might have the confidence to recognize that we have the stuff it takes to become like God. The flesh, in other words, is all we have. It is our glory. It is our power. It is beautiful. And it is the clay out of which we shape a better tomorrow.
Joan Chittister, OSB

Prayer

I will give thanks to you because I have been so amazingly and miraculously made,
Psalm 139:14

Action

As you reflect on the paragraph above what do you see as implications for your thinking? For you?

Suggested Reading

So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness.
John 1:14

In God becoming human in Jesus Christ, God has established solidarity with the human condition.
William A. Dembski

The moment I have realized God sitting in the temple of every human body, the moment I stand in reverence before every human being and see God in him – that moment I am free from bondage, everything that binds vanishes, and I am free.
Swami Vivekananda

If God can work through me, he can work through anyone.
Francis of Assisi 

God is an unutterable sigh, planted in the depths of the soul.
Jean Paul 

There is no place in my soul, no corner of my character, where God is not.
Evelyn Underhill 

What God intended for you goes far beyond anything you can imagine.
Oprah Winfrey

Christianity’s goal is not escape from this world. It loves this world and seeks to change it for the better.
Marcus Borg

 

 

 

 

 

 

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