Comments: Relishing the Divine Glory

Gee what meanness to be talked away from Christmas in favor of Easter Day ... can one ever be separated from the other, any more than Jesus parables can be sorted out from his healing ministries? That seems wrong-headed, and callous to boot. Glad a person can recover from something like that.

Problem with surrendering to wonder and awe in Advent is not the wonder or awe; but the several different camps and people waiting to grab your mind and heart when you are most vulnerable, and skew things this way and that way to suit their own Anglican evangelical or anglo-catholic campaigning purposes. The open space in our global big tent really has been gassed up with way too much polarized stuff from both of these groups, alas, Lord have mercy. My coping strategy has so far been to move awe and wonder outside the war zones of these small tent campers, and their sadistic-bloodthirsty sense of transcendence and salvation and deity.

Posted by drdanfee at Friday, 25 December 2009 at 10:05pm GMT

Thanks, Dan, for that comment. I think what you said in your last line was what I was trying to say via my several paragraphs. Awe and wonder keep us closer to grace than our own supposed righteousness....

Posted by Joe at Saturday, 26 December 2009 at 9:31am GMT

"rather than worry too quickly about the two natures of Christ, we could first ask God to let us taste and relish the divine glory as we re-imagine that infant’s birth. Who knows, we may find ourselves flopping to our knees, just as the Magi purportedly did." - Joe Cassidy -

Thank you, Joe, for this humanisation of the oft mis-understood Christmas reality - that God, in Christ, became human like us. The great mystery of divinity in humanity is so simply, and yet so beautifully, told in the Gospels of Luke and Matthew; and yet we clergy try, so often, to enwrap it all in theological jargon - a process which can only serve to mystify unduly the wonderful story that children take for granted.

Perhaps at Christmas-tide we all need to dissemble and wait upon the glorious revelation that child-birth and nurture tells us about the wonder of The Creator becoming part of Creation. Deo Gratias!

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Saturday, 26 December 2009 at 6:30pm GMT

A blessed Advent to All. El dia de los Reyes llegara muy pronto, despues. Feliz Navidad.

Posted by drdanfee at Saturday, 26 December 2009 at 9:37pm GMT
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