Dear Christ Church,
The incarnation is the rule, not the exception. Julie Canlis, our Parish Retreat speaker this fall, writes:
“Although Philippians 2 tells us that Christ ‘did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing,’ his condescension into human flesh doesn’t mean that it was disgusting or embarrassing for him. We shouldn’t think that he “pretended” to be like us for our weak perceptions. Nor should we think of the Incarnation as humiliating for Jesus, who himself created our flesh and called it ‘good.’
Instead, we have to understand Jesus’ birth as purposeful and beautiful. When we do, the Incarnation can no longer be seen as a temporary mission where Christ ‘stooped’ to take on our feeble flesh simply in order to get a job done. If God’s whole plan is for us to be fully inhabited by him, then the Incarnation is a stunning picture of what humans were designed for. It is God’s final blessing upon creation.”
You can read the rest of her article here. If this sounds familiar, that’s because Julie gave us a feast on this topic at our retreat. The recordings are now available, a deep and beautiful dive into the good news of the humanity of God in Christ for our everyday lives. When you listen (if you haven’t, you must!) be sure to open the link for the presentation slides and follow them as you listen. Her visual presentation is intricately woven with her words. This is a wonderful way to prepare for the Feast of the Incarnation and Christmastide.
Peace on Earth,
P.S. Join us, and bring a friend, for one of our two Christmas Eve services, 6pm and 8pm. And we will still have both morning services this Sunday, Advent IV.