Advent Thoughts: December 23rdPosted by Ellyn Sanna on December 23, 2011, 10:21 am
As you come to the end of this Advent season, consider Rahner's final words of advice:
This is precisely the message of Christmas: that in reality God is close to you, just where you are. . . . He is there with tender affection. He says: Do not be afraid. Trust to this close presence; it is not emptiness. Cast off, and you will find. Relinquish and you are rich. Because Christ accepted human life, you too can dare to do what he did. . . . For he is both God and human: giver, gift, and reception; call and answer in one. . . . We would experience ourselves differently if God had not been born human. And if we have the courage to understand ourselves in a way which can only be done in grace and faith . . . then we have had the Christmas experience.
Rahner asks us to consider: What does it mean that God was born a human baby? What does it tell us about who we are?
And he concludes that, because of the Incarnation
Eternity is already in the heart of time, life is at the center of death, truth is stronger than lies, love is more powerful than hatred. . . . We are more than we can imagine.
From all of us here at Anamchara Books: may this Christmas season bring you a new awareness of God's presence in your life--and may it fill you with hope and joy and courage for the new year.
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