This Christmas week we will be reflecting on what it means for us that Jesus became a human with all the pain, glory and challenge that encompasses.

“The contemplation on the nativity of Christ allows us to experience the mystery of the divine love, and of various forms of human love being simply present to each other in mutual dependence in the most difficult of circumstances.” (Finding God in the Dark, Pungente and Williams, p. 113)

In all their distress he too was distressed, and the angel of his presence saved them.
 In his love and mercy he redeemed them; he lifted them up and carried them all the days of old.
(Isaiah 67:9)

“[Christ] has become irrevocably part of human life, so every human life is sacred, including my own….
Thus, into my starved heart comes a boundless Lover, eager to share all that he has. My destiny concerns him mightily. He has adopted me as his child. He has shared my fate. He knew hunger, pain, betrayal, death. He will not fail me, nor will he fail anyone. Christmas joy can have many levels, but its unshakeable foundation is the fact that because of his becoming human, I need not seek him among the stars. He is in my heart, forever.”
(from Sacred Space; something to think about this week December 16, 2013)

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