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Classic Reflections

From time to time during Advent, I like to read some of the ancient texts which reflect on Christ’s coming.  Here is one from the 5th century that might cause you to marvel again that the Word became flesh for us:

 “Our Saviour, dearly-beloved, was born today: let us be glad. … Let the saint exult in that he draws near to victory. Let the sinner be glad in that he is invited to pardon. Let the Gentile take courage in that he is called to life. For the Son of God in the fullness of time … has taken on him the nature of [humanity], thereby to reconcile it to its Author: in order that the inventor of death, the devil, might be conquered through that which he had conquered. And in this conflict undertaken for us, the fight was fought on great and wondrous principles of fairness; for the Almighty Lord enters the lists with his savage foe not in his own majesty but in our humility, opposing him with the same form and the same nature, which shares indeed our mortality, though it is free from all sin.”

If there is an ancient text that you find helpful in preparing your heart this season, why not share it with us.  Feel free to post it as a comment.

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  1. I owe the following poem from Scott Cairns to Doug Kracht (who introduced me to this poet.)

    His Image Recovered

    So—and yes, I’m asking—what was the God to do?
    What other course—His being God and All—but to renew
    His lately none-too-vivid Image in the aspect of mankind,
    so that, by His Icon thus restored, we dim occasions might
    once more come to know Him? And how should this be done,
    save by the awful advent of the very God Himself, our Lord
    and King and gleaming Liberator Jesus Christ?

    Here, belovéd numbskulls, is a little picture: You gather,
    one presumes, what must be done when a portrait on a panel
    becomes obscured—maybe even lost—to external stain.
    The artist does not discard the panel, though the subject must return
    to sit for it again, whereupon the likeness is etched once more upon
    the same material. As He tells us in the Gospel, I came
    to seek and to save that which was lost—our faces, say.

    Scott Cairns (from Love’s Immensity)

    I also wanted to attach an image (photo) of “Incarnation”, a painting by by Richard Caemmerer. You can Google this and see the dramatic painting!

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