“The Word became flesh and dwelt among us” (John 1:14).
John's prologue is one of my favorite parts of the Bible. Not for the typical Christological themes that speak volumes to who Jesus is as the Messiah (pre and post incarnation), but only because it offers me the soothing reassurance that God chose to dwell among us. God came to be with us. God wanted to live in our world (for all that is good and bad) to to guide us back to His.
Notice John's Gospel does not just say “Jesus,” but “flesh.” This is the meat and potatoes of faith: God is a part of us. And we are a part of God. We are made in God's image, just as Jesus was. But perhaps this phrase is so tired and used that we forget what that flesh means - our bloodline, our heritage, our true self is born and sculpted in the Divine.
As divine creatures of a loving God our job is to be the representative of that love in the world.
The practical nature of this is this: We are God's love, and God's love is us. So when you get up in the morning, we must begin our day by asking “What aspect of God, what aspect of Love, am I being called to incarnate in the world today?" Simply put, "How can I be Jesus today?”
Inspired by the words of Richard Rohr
An ex-copywriter turned punk rock pastor and peacemaker who dedicates his life to making the world a better place for all humanity.
"that they all might be one" ~John 17:21
“Prius vita quam doctrina.”
~ St. Thomas Aquinas (1225–1274)
* “Life is more important than doctrine.”