Monday, January 08, 2007


An epiphany of love in a suffering world? January 8, 2007. Simon Barrow reasons with the mystery of incarnation (Ekklesia).

"[T]he One who we meet in Christ this Epiphany is not a God whose coming-in-the-flesh begins and ends with the history of Jesus. It is, says the tradition, an eternal condition of the divine to be given within the limits of our humanity – rather than in some esoteric knowledge or proposition. This is actually what the strange language in St John's Prologue seeks to convey by picturing for us the ‘pre-existence’ of the Logos (divine reason), and later by proclaiming that the one who was crucified is now ‘risen’ – in other words, that the tortured love we meet in the person of Jesus is finally recovered in the hidden and un-containable life of God. This claim, experienced through forgiveness and restoration-in-community, is what Christian hope is all about." More.

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