Saturday, 10 December 2016

Advent 30 Day Retreat: Week 2: Day 13

Read the Word of God with a prayerful heart.
By Malcolm Davies

But the angel said to [the shepherds], “Do not be afraid; for see—I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people, to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord.  This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger.” Luke 2:7-12

Govert Flinck, 1639

Angels we have heard on high:
See him in a manger laid
Whom the angels praise above

Our God has been revealed as a God of the Incarnation.

In Jesus, the God of creation, who created the whole universe, joins with weak human flesh and becomes vulnerable for us.

In becoming a human being, God already shows that it’s very good to be human, to be flesh. Already God has told us in Genesis that we are very good and above the rest of creation which is also good.

In Jesus God is showing us that God is affirming and redeeming matter and spirit. God is redeeming the whole of our creation.

God took an awesome risk in allowing his beloved Son to become vulnerable and weak as a baby and we know that there were leaders who would try to kill him.

Let us be inspired by the baby in a manger as a model of humility and vulnerability in our own lives.