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Reflections on Christmas

Reflections on Christmas

December 29, 2018

 

Christmas plunges us into one of the most profound mysteries of the Christian faith, namely, the Incarnation.  A virgin conceives not with a man but through the power of God.  A virgin gives birth.  And the child that is born is something both prophesied about and yet unforeseen:  God in human flesh.  This is something so new that even the angels came rushing down from heaven to witness it (cf. Luke 2:8-21; I Peter 1:12).
 
Every other person who has lived on the earth has been an individual person composed of a human body and soul -- one person, one nature.  Christ, on the other hand, shared in our humanity yet was entirely different:  one person,two natures -- fully man and fully God, united but unmixed.  This truth -- the truth of the Incarnation -- is so profound that it took numerous ecumenical councils of the Church to fully define it and to counter heretical misunderstandings of it.  
 
Christ experienced the fullness of our humanity, except for sin (cf. Hebrews 4:15).  At the same time, he was utterly unique.  Never before or since has there been a person fully divine and fully human.  Now, typically when we encounter something incredibly rare, its uniqueness is closed in on itself.  An endangered species is at risk of dying out.  A living fossil is the last of its kind.  A rare form of plant or animal species stands out because it is so different from others.  The same is true of human beings.  Someone of exceptional height, strength, or genius is a blip on the radar screen. 
 
But with Christ it is different.  The union of God and man wrought in His person was so radically new and earth-shattering that it fundamentally transformed what it means to be human. (Cr. Stephen Beale, "The Incarnation:  A New Way of Being Human," Catholic Exchange,  December 24, 2018).  By uniting divinity to humanity, God extends grace to us, enabling us to be "partakers of the divine nature"  (Cf. 2 Peter 1:4).    
 
The mystery of the Incarnation shines like the brightest of stars.  It should not surprise us, then, that we are afforded a twelve day season to ponder this mystery in our hearts.
 
Pastor Thelander

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