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Author Topic: Rohr Meditations -- Week of 12/23/2012 -- INCARNATION  (Read 2621 times)
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« on: December 23, 2012, 04:59:47 AM »

December 23, 2012


Richard's Daily Meditations

INCARNATION

   
God’s revelations are always pointed, concrete, and specific. They are
not a Platonic world of ideas and theories about which you can be right
or wrong, or observe from a distance. Divine Revelation is not something
you measure or critique. It is not an ideology but a Presence you intuit
and meet! It is more Someone than something.

All of this is called the “mystery of incarnation”—enfleshment or
embodiment if you prefer—and for Christians it reaches its fullness in
the incarnation of God in one ordinary-looking man named Jesus. God
materialized in human form, so we could fall in love with a real person,
which is the only way we fall in love.



Prayer:
And the word became flesh and dwelt among us.
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« Reply #1 on: December 24, 2012, 03:24:38 AM »

December 24, 2012



Richard's Daily Meditations

INCARNATION
Monday, December 24, 2012
Christmas Eve

   
In Jesus, God achieved the perfect synthesis of the divine and the
human. The incarnation of Jesus demonstrates that God meets us where we
are as humans. God freely and fully overcomes the gap from God’s side.
The problem of redemption is already resolved once and for all, long
before its dramatic illustration on the cross. Bethlehem already
revealed that it was good to be a human being. Yes, you can both thank
and blame St. Francis for both the popularizing and sentimentalizing of
Christmas. Easter was the big feast before his time.

For the Christian, spiritual power is always hidden inside of
powerlessness, just as God was hidden and yet revealed in a defenseless
baby. If God is ever to be loved and shared, God had to risk both human
embodiment and human vulnerability. This is the only thing that enchants
and evokes the human heart. We do not properly fall in love with
concepts or theological ideas (although some do try)—persons fall in
love with other persons.

In a weak little child, God is both perfectly hidden and perfectly
revealed—and fully loveable. Tonight we celebrate this wonderful
mystery.

~ Richard Rohr
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« Reply #2 on: December 25, 2012, 03:57:48 AM »

Richard's Daily Meditations

INCARNATION
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Feast of the Incarnation

   
A human woman is the mother of God, and God is the son of a human
mother!

Do we have any idea what this sentence means, or what it might imply? Is
it really true? If it is, then we are living in an entirely different
universe than we imagine, or even can imagine. If the major division
between Creator and creature can be overcome, then all others can be
overcome too. To paraphrase Oswald Chambers “this is a truth that
dumbly struggles in us for utterance!” It is too much to be true and
too good to be true. So we can only resort to metaphors, images, poets,
music, and artists of every stripe.

I have long felt that Christmas is a feast which is largely celebrating
humanity’s unconscious desire and goal. Its meaning is too much for
the rational mind to process, so God graciously puts this Big Truth on a
small stage so that we can wrap our mind and heart around it over time.
No philosopher would dare to imagine “the materialization of God,”
so we are just presented with a very human image of a poor woman and her
husband with a newly born child. (I am told that the Madonna is by far
the most painted image in Western civilization. It heals all mothers and
all children of mothers, if we can only look deeply and softly.)

Pope Benedict, who addressed 250 artists in the Sistine Chapel before
Michelangelo’s half-naked and often grotesque images, said quite
brilliantly, “An essential function of genuine beauty is that it gives
humanity a healthy shock!” And then he went on to quote Simone Weil
who said that “Beauty is the experimental proof that incarnation is in
fact possible.” Today is our beautiful feast of a possible and even
probable Incarnation!

If there is one moment of beauty, then beauty can indeed exist on this
earth. If there is one true moment of full Incarnation, then why not
Incarnation everywhere? The beauty of this day is enough healthy shock
for a lifetime, which leaves us all dumbly struggling for utterance.


~ Richard Rohr


Prayer:
And the word became flesh and dwelt among us.
    ~ John 1:14
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« Reply #3 on: December 26, 2012, 07:18:14 AM »

December 26, 2012


Richard's Daily Meditations

INCARNATION

   
We are all created for divine union. We are incapable of imagining such
daring unity between the human and the divine in ourselves unless we see
it imaged as possible in other places and people. Salvation is
contagious, and passes around in just that way.

Our little self on its seemingly insignificant journey is a microcosm of
what God is doing everywhere and what God did perfectly and visibly in
Jesus. God is always putting matter and spirit, human and divine, pain
and victory together. It could even be called God’s job description.


Adapted from Near Occasions of Grace, p. 6
https://cac.org/store/books/item/749-near-occasions-of-grace-book


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And the word became flesh and dwelt among us.
    ~ John 1:14
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« Reply #4 on: December 27, 2012, 05:54:00 AM »

December 27, 2012


Richard's Daily Meditations

INCARNATION

   
“You Bethlehem, too small to be among the clans of Judah, from you
shall come forth one who is to rule my people Israel.”
    ~ Matthew 2:6
    http://biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+2:6&version=NIV;MSG;DRA;KJV

We, like Bethlehem itself, are too tiny to imagine greatness within us,
but God always hides, it seems, inside of littleness and seeming
insignificance. God lets us do the desiring and all the discovering.

Those who can recognize God within their own puny and ordinary souls
will be the same who will freely and daringly affirm the Divine Presence
in the body of Jesus and also in the body of the whole universe. It is
all one and the same pattern. Get it once, get it everywhere!


Adapted from Near Occasions of Grace, p. 6
https://cac.org/store/books/item/749-near-occasions-of-grace-book


Prayer:
And the word became flesh and dwelt among us.
    ~ John 1:14
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« Reply #5 on: December 28, 2012, 01:08:51 PM »

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“Have this mind in yourselves, which is in Christ Jesus, who though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped at, but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of the human.”

~ Philippians 2:5-7

It’s a gift to joyfully recognize and accept our own smallness and ordinariness. Then you are free with nothing to live up to, nothing to prove, and nothing to protect. Such freedom is my best description of Christian maturity, because once you know that your “I” is great and one with God, you can, ironically, be quite content with a small and ordinary “I.”

No grandstanding is henceforth necessary. Any question of your own importance or dignity has already been resolved from the inside out—once and for all. Such salvation is experienced now in small tastes, whetting our appetite for eternity.

Adapted from Letting Go: A Spirituality of Subtraction, p. 255

Prayer:
And the word became flesh and dwelt among us.
     ~ John 1:14
 
 
 
 
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« Reply #6 on: December 29, 2012, 02:55:44 AM »

December 29, 2012

Richard's Daily Meditations

INCARNATION

   
It is not about becoming spiritual beings nearly as much as about
becoming human beings. The biblical revelation is saying that we are
already spiritual beings; we just don’t know it yet. The Bible tries
to let you in on the secret, by revealing God in ordinary time and
place. That’s why so much of the text seems so mundane, practical,
specific and, frankly, unspiritual!

We have created a sad kind of dualism between the spiritual and the
so-called non-spiritual. This dualism precisely is what Jesus came to
reveal as a lie. The principle of Incarnation proclaims that matter and
spirit have never been separate. Jesus came to tell us that these two
seemingly different worlds are and always have been one. We just
couldn’t see it or dare to believe it until God put them together in
one human body called Jesus (see Ephesians 2:11-20 [1]).

[1]: http://biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ephesians+2:11-20&version=NIV;MSG;DRA;KJV


From Things Hidden: Scripture as Spirituality, p. 17
    https://cac.org/store/books/item/746-things-hidden-scripture-as-spirituality-book

   
Prayer:
And the word became flesh and dwelt among us.
    ~ John 1:14
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