And the Word Became Flesh

St. Gregory of Nyssa called Christmas the “festival of re-creation.” It is God giving God’s own life to his people. It is as if God said, “I want humanity to see my face. I want them to hear my voice. I want them to touch me. I want them to smell my sweat. I want them to eat my body. I want to live their life. I want them to live my life.” “And the word became flesh and lived among us.” This is God in the flesh, the divine human, holy humanity. … More And the Word Became Flesh

In the beginning was the Word

So I was thinking, maybe we could do that, too. Maybe we could bear witness to the light that comes from the Word who was with God, who was God in the beginning. Maybe we could be like John so that others might believe through us and the light, which enlightens everyone, might shine forth on everyone.

This, I was thinking, is exactly what Christmas invites us to be and to do, to bear witness to the light. And we are asked to do all in our power to help others do so as well. This is what is meant by seeking and serving Christ, the Word, the Logos, in all persons, everywhere, at all times. … More In the beginning was the Word

The Gamble of the Incarnation

They themselves became the image of the incarnation, where humanity and divinity become one.

At the incarnation, with the birth of Jesus, in the Word become flesh, God disarms completely. It was an absolutely insane and risky thing to do: trusting a people with such a horrible track record of violence and war with the birth of the son of God. But, that is precisely what God does! God gambles on us. It’s an incredulous, risky gamble when God bets on us, pushing all the chips in and saying, “No matter what I’m holding and no matter what you’re holding, no matter the cards left in the deck. I’m all here. I’m all in. I’m with you.” … More The Gamble of the Incarnation

She Persisted!

Hannah is a progenitor of a faith and vision that boldly proclaims God as the midwife at our side and, come what may, God is not going anywhere! God is the midwife coaxing and soothing, challenging us to push through the pain in order to receive new life. God is the midwife holding us, the world, and all creation in her strong arms, and urging us to choose life and put aside violence, to do justice and put aside greed, to choose faith, hope, and love. God is the midwife that challenges to be in the world in ways that will allow new life to be born. … More She Persisted!

Living Eucharistic Life

The narrative question behind the sixth chapter of the fourth gospel is: Do you have life within you? It’s an important enough theme that Jesus raises it nine times. Jesus repeats himself so many times in this one discourse, not because he is forgetful of what he has said, but because Jesus is mindful of our need to hear and of our hunger for life. The repetition is a way of getting our attention, of disturbing us, and waking us up to an invitation to examine the life we are living. … More Living Eucharistic Life