There’s a world of difference between what it is that we want and what it is that we need. There’s also a world of difference between the god we want and the God we need. To appreciate the Mystery of the Incarnation we have to accept two incredible Truths. We have to get our heads wrapped around the astonishing idea that God entered the world; but what’s even more astonishing is the revelation that God is the embodiment of weakness and vulnerability. Go figure!
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Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord
In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus
that the whole world should be enrolled.
This was the first enrollment,
when Quirinius was governor of Syria.
So all went to be enrolled, each to his own town.
And Joseph too went up from Galilee from the town of Nazareth
to Judea, to the city of David that is called Bethlehem,
because he was of the house and family of David,
to be enrolled with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child.
While they were there,
the time came for her to have her child,
and she gave birth to her firstborn son.
She wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger,
because there was no room for them in the inn.
One of the things I spend time doing, and I’m pretty sure other folks are doing the same thing, is meandering around the ‘net and dropping in on other people’s conversations. For example, from time to time I get a ‘like’ on one of my posts from someone I don’t recognize. Chances are, I’ll click on that person’s gravitar to find their blog then poke around looking for a post that interests me. From there, I’ll find a comment I can relate to and follow that person’s gravitar into their blog. On and on. I might end up anywhere. The wonder is that I haven’t landed on Kevin Bacon’s blog! Read More…
Most days, after Mass, I stick around to pray. Sometimes I share the church with three or four others, sometimes I’m by myself. Sometimes I’m by the tabernacle, sometimes I just sit in a pew with my eyes closed.
Quiet prayer in church is such a comfort that I marvel more people don’t join me. How do other people keep their equilibrium without it? I kind of think they don’t. I suspect most Americans these days are agitated 24/7. I’m not. I pray.
Since it’s so much in the news, now, I meditated, today, on the agony of losing a child. It’s little consolation to me that my child is still with me. There’s no solace in the realization that other people are the ones taking the loss. Grief is grief. Grief is public property. I see no advantage in disowning grief. Read More…