Our Advent Devotion for Saturday, December 11, comes to us from The Fullness of Time by Henri J.M. Nouwen
And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen
his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth.
John 1:14 NIV
“The great mystery upon which our faith rests is that One who is in no way
like us, who cannot be compared with us, nor enter into competition with
us, has come among us and taken on our mortal flesh.”
The Selfless Way of Christ, page 38 by Henri J.M. Nouwen
“We Have Seen His Glory”
What is glory? What is holiness? What is the essence of God’s sacredness? Is it that God is other than us? Yes. Or is it that God is with us, one of us? Yes, that too! God is glorious, holy, sacred – totally other. God is worthy of worship and praise; we fall on our knees before God; angels worship continuously in the presence of the divine. And yet the Word became flesh and dwelt among us – pitched his tent with us, walked with us, looked like us, wept with us. The Word of God suffered with us, died among us, claimed us as his own, loved us to the end. This is also holiness
We have seen his glory – his glory surrounds us.
Christ, The Word who became flesh, is both entirely different from us and exactly like us. Christ has a particularly unique connection with God, but still lived among us: walking, talking, preaching, teaching, leading and loving us as no one else ever could. This baby whose birth we are waiting for became the gloriously Incarnate Word, walked our Earth, and continues to live among us through the Holy Spirit.
Word of God, you are eternal; you are holy. Word of God, you are human; you were seen, touched and heard. Remain with us, both holy and human. Remain with us, Word of God. Amen.
Henri J.M. Nouwen