Saturday, December 25, 2010
Readings from the Daily Office
1 John 4: 7-16
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Jesus came from above, but was also human, but was also God. Not partway one not partway the other, but wholly above and wholly below, wholly God and wholly human. Get it? Perhaps, perhaps not. The central theological tenet of Christmas is that God became Human and dwelt among us, the Incarnation - but it totally blows our minds that God would become human, and that God would become human in this way. We pretty it up with church pageants and pretty movies, but God becoming human in a barn, born to a young woman in the midst of the oppression of the Romans and in the midst of corruption of the religious authorities? Huh?
But God does things unlike us, God does things that blow our very minds. God's peace is the peace which passes all understanding, and we are to join in the great dance that God began when God became human as Jesus. We are to join in the great dance of the Body of Christ as we turn to one another in love, as we express our love for God in the way that we treat our neighbors, in the way that we work for peace and justice, in the way that we forgive, in the way that we take on racial reconciliation and in the way that we seek to do the good and not count the cost.
So join in the dance of God, and welcome the crazy reality of God, becoming human so that we might live, and live abundantly!
~The Rev. Peter M. Carey
From John's gospel today:
The one who comes from above is above all; the one who is of the earth belongs to the earth and speaks about earthly things. The one who comes from heaven is above all. He testifies to what he has seen and heard, yet no one accepts his testimony. Whoever has accepted his testimony has certified this, that God is true. He whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for he gives the Spirit without measure. The Father loves the Son and has placed all things in his hands.