All through 2013, friends and family have carried me personally through difficult times. And they've carried Internet connections to Haiti, taught English to immigrants, caused dialogue instead of headlines, fought human trafficking, stood up for peace, brought thousands of pounds of gleaned vegetables to a food pantry, protected foster children, asked bishops important questions, worked for family self-sufficiency in public housing, cared for sick people, accompanied dying people, so much more.
"The mystery is Incarnation and the response is Incarnation," in the perfect words of Sr. Patricia McCarthy, CND. She wrote:
"..Divinity has entered humanity not as a stranger but as intimate friend, as one of us, closer to us than we are to ourselves.
"If we absorb even the slightest impact of the incarnation in our lives, the questions explode: How? Why? What does it mean? Who is he, this Jesus? Who are we because of him? Who are we with him? Who are we to each other in him?
"The mystery is Incarnation and the response is Incarnation.
"...Along the journey of goodness the reality of the totality of the call of Christ can be disturbing. This is indeed good news. It means we are getting into the mystery of Christ. It shows that it matters that Christ was born."
Each of us is called to be a living sacrament, an outward sign of the Spirit of God alive within us. Baptism commits each of us to Incarnation.
But "Incarnation in us" means more than "God has no hands but our hands..." Before the call to action, Incarnation is about our essence.
We used to call this "the indwelling of the Holy Spirit." God is alive in us, in every heartbeat, every fiber of our being. We are sparks of divine life.
“It matters that our wounded nature can crawl into his human nature,
To be re-forged in the blaze of his divine abundance.
And that we live and touch and laugh and grow as sharers in the life of God.
God loved the world so much he gave it his very life that it might be ours to live.” - Sr. Miriam Pollard, OCSO, “House of David”
The quotes and art above are from Sister Patricia McCarthy's post on Pax Christi's excellent blog.