Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Eternity Steps Into Time

 Jesus came into the world to enable God to take on the likeness of a man, in order that thenceforth men and women might be encouraged to aspire after the likeness of God. Eternity steps into Time, and Time loses itself in Eternity. Hence Jesus; in the eyes of God a man, and in the eyes of men and women; God.

In humanistic times such as ours, a young woman would regard a message from the Angel Gabriel that she might expect to give birth to a son to be called the Son of the Highest as ill-tidings of great sorrow and a slur on the local family planning center. As a matter of fact under existing conditions it is extremely improbable that Jesus would have been permitted to be born. Mary's pregnancy, in poor circumstances, and with the father unknown, would have been an obvious case for an abortion; and her talk of having conceived by the Holy Spirit would have pointed to the need for psychiatric treatment, and made the case for terminating her pregnancy even stronger. Our generation, needing a saviour more, perhaps, than any ever other, would be too humane to allow one to be born, too enlightened to permit the light of the world to shine in its darkness.

It was precisely to replenish the world's stock of faith that the Bethlehem birth took place. Seen with the eyes of faith, the shepherds rejoice, wise men prostrate and offer gifts, the very stars rearranged to guide them. Seen with the eyes of faith everything falls perfectly in place, faith being the key which enables us to decipher God's otherwise inscrutable communications.

Malcom Muggeridge, Jesus - the Man who Lives

The Magnificat

46 And Mary said:
          “My soul magnifies the Lord,
47      And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior.
48      For He has regarded the lowly state of His maidservant;
          For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed.
49      For He who is mighty has done great things for me,
          And holy is His name.
50      And His mercy is on those who fear Him
          From generation to generation.
51      He has shown strength with His arm;
          He has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.
52      He has put down the mighty from their thrones,
          And exalted the lowly.
53      He has filled the hungry with good things,
          And the rich He has sent away empty.
54      He has helped His servant Israel,
          In remembrance of His mercy,
55      As He spoke to our fathers,
          To Abraham and to his seed forever.”
―Luke 1:46-55

Father, we thank You for sending Your Son to take on our flesh; to be our Mediator and Savior. We are grateful for Your faithful servant, Mary, who remembered Your covenant promises and who, by faith, walk with You and delivered Her son and our Lord. Teach us to know and remember Your promises to us and grant us the faith to see beyond the moment and to stand firmly on Your word. Amen.

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