And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father's only son, full of grace and truth. (John 1:14)
As we anticipate the arrival of Christmas in a few days, we do well to remember that what we celebrate, in addition to the birth of Jesus, is the mystery of the Incarnation. It's not a "who done it" mystery. It's a mystery in the sense that there is no way for us to explain it completely or understand it fully. God became one of us. God took on our flesh, our nature and our lot and became human in Jesus the Christ.
The Incarnation sometimes is too easily limited to the Nativity of our Lord. Indeed the entire life, experience, suffering, sacrifice and death of Christ are also included in what it means to "take on" you and me.
As the Church, we are Christ's body. How do we incarnate here and now? How do we "take on" our community, our society? Clearly Jesus' goal was not to blend in and go along. He was on a mission to reconcile, bless and transform. How are we doing with that mission which has been entrusted to us?
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Fourth Sunday of Advent
December 22, 2013
Choir Cantata and Holy Communion
The Nativity of Our Lord
(Prelude music begins approximately at 7:30 PM)
The First Sunday of Christmas
December 29, 2013, 10:00 AM
Service of Lessons and Carols
The Epiphany of Our Lord
Monday, January 6, 2014, 7:00 PM
Evening Prayer (Vespers)
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Here is something to enjoy and share. (How is this a depiction of what it means to be incarnational?)