Prayer: “Holy God, speak to all that keeps me from listening. Speak to me an Advent message. I sit expectant to hear. Word of God, speak. Amen.
Scripture Reading: John 1:14
“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.”
In a recent devotion Fr. Richard Rohr OFM wrote: “We must move beyond a merely sentimental understanding of Christmas as “waiting for the baby Jesus” to an adult and communal appreciation of the message of the incarnation of God in Christ… because in Jesus’ birth God was saying that it was good to be human, and God was (is) on our side. Jesus identified his own mission with what he called the coming “reign of God.” We have often settled instead for the sweet coming of a baby who asked little of us in terms of surrender, encounter, mutuality, or any assent to the actual teachings of Jesus…
The celebration of Christmas is not merely a sentimental waiting for a baby to be born. It is much more an asking for history to be born! Creation groans in its birth pains, waiting for our participation with God in its renewal (see Romans 8:20–23). We do the Gospel no favor when we make Jesus, the Eternal Christ, into a perpetual baby, who asks little or no adult response from us. One even wonders what kind of mind would want to keep Jesus a baby. Maybe only one that is content with “baby Christianity.” He goes on to say: “Any spirituality that makes too much of the baby Jesus is perhaps not yet ready for ‘prime-time’ life. God clearly wants friends and partners to be images of divinity, if we are to believe the biblical texts. God, it seems, wants mature religion and a thoughtful, free response from us.” As the season of Advent begins to transition what’s the invitation for you?
How do you sense God being on your side?
How does contentment negatively influence you?
How are you embodying a mature and thoughtful response of faithfulness?
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