– T.S. Eliot, Four Quartets, The
Dry Salvages (from stanza V).
As Advent winds down, my thoughts return to this, one of my favorite quotes, about the Incarnation. Like everyone else, I’ve been making lists, thinking about loved ones, shopping for gifts and reveling in our annual preparation for Christmas. While it is easy to get caught up in the cultural push, often we avoid pondering the deep mystery at the heart of it all. The gift of our God taking on flesh and entering our humanity changes everything. The Incarnation sacramentalizes all of life, infusing meaning into existence like never before. That’s why I love Christianity! God is personal, close to us as breath itself, with us and in us. Each year during the twelve days of Christmas I spend time contemplating this gift of the Incarnation in more depth and will be posting reflections on the website each day. I invite you to follow my writings and to respond with your own insights during this holy season of love and light.