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The God-Man

With the birth of Christ, God spoke to us in the best language possible. St. John of the Cross says “in giving us his Son, … (God)spoke everything to us at once in this sole word – and he has no more to say….because what he spoke before to the prophets in parts he has now spoken all at once by giving us the ALL who is his son.”[1] No wonder human history takes its dating from his birth and is re-oriented by it. Now God’s dwelling is among men, we are no longer alone. God in Christ is with us to face life’s challenges and to journey with us. There is no need to live in fear for God is Immanuel!

In Christ we are put in direct touch with our God. The story of Christmas was at last understood by that woman who was seated by a fireplace, wondering why God ever decided to come in the flesh. The whole thing seemed so absurd. Why would God take flesh and live among us? Then she heard a noise outdoors. She saw a dozen geese groping about in the snow, cold and confused. She went outside and tried to herd them into her warm garage. But the more she tried to help them, the more they scattered across the lawn. Finally she gave up. Then an odd thought came to her: if just for a minute I could become a goose and talk to them in their language, I could explain that what I was trying to do was for their happiness. Then it struck her. That’s what Christmas is all about! It’s about God becoming a human to teach us what is necessary for our happiness and to lead the way!

Merry Christmas to us all!

[1] St. John of the Cross, The Ascent of Mount Carmel 2,22,3-5 in The Collected Works of St. John of the Cross, tr. K. Kavanaugh, OCD, and O. Rodriguez, OCD (Washington DC:Institute of Carmelite Studies, 1979).

excerpts from Light unto My Path p, 112.


One thought on “The God-Man

  1. mf says:

    ..leggo e medito in questi giorni gli ultimi capitoli dell’Apocalisse: i combattimenti contro Satana, la bestia, e il falso profeta, e il trono bianco su cui siede l’Agnello, che fa nuove tutte le cose. Ecco il senso del Natale, che ci fa pronti a rendere testimonianza al mondo del senso della nostra fede.

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