Sunday, December 6, 2009

The Mystery of the Incarnation

This was written by Saint Augustine of Hippo fifteen centuries ago:

Maker of the sun,
He is made under the sun

In the Father He remains,
From His mother He goes forth.

Creator of heaven and earth,
He was born on earth under heaven.

Unspeakably wise,
He is wisely speechless.

Filling the world,
He lies in a manger.

Ruler of the stars,
He nurses at His mother's bosom.

He is both great in the nature of God.
and small in the form of a servant.

and, surprisingly, this was penned by
Mohandas Karamchand Ghandi

I have never been able to reconcile myself to the gaieties of the Christmas season. They have appeared to me to be so inconsistent with the life and teaching of Jesus.

How I wish America could lead the way by devoting the season to a real moral stocktaking and emphasizing consecration to the service of mankind for which Jesus lived and died on the cross.

Finally, I don't know who to credit for this, but it is a wise saying:

The manger lies in the shadow of the cross

1 comment:

  1. I really like the comment from Ghandi. As you know, the commercialization of Christmas is often hard for me to take. The sculpture is beautiful!


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