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Advent Day 18 — Our vulnerable God


Our Lady breast feeding Jesus -- Shrine of our Lady of La Leche -- St. Augustine, Florida

Thursday of the third week of Advent (Hanukkah Day 7)

Luke tells us the charming story that God became incarnate — enfleshed — as a little vulnerable baby boy.

It truly is amazing to really think about that.

Even if you’re not ready to accept the story as true, the meaning of that story can really grab you if you let it.

But, sadly, so many of us celebrate Christmas all our lives without really reflecting on the implications of the story for our lives.

Jesus was not only vulnerable in his birth, but also in his death.

He chose to stand before Pilate, bound, scourged and silent.

He chose to say nothing or do anything in his defense.

Vulnerable indeed.

What’s the message here?

St. Paul gives us a clue:

“When I am powerless then I am strong” 2Cor 12:9-10

How can that be?

I think about that a lot because I am powerless a lot dealing with depression

Some days I cannot get out of my chair.

Jesus is showing that in our vulnerability,

in our weaknesses,

in our poverty of spirit,

in the brokenness of our lives

we will find God.

Jesus,

You came into this world as a little child

as needy as any other baby.

You sucked at Mary’s breast and

received your nourishment as God from a human mother.

You became one of us and with us.

You accepted our fleshiness, our misery, our joys and sorrows.

You came down to our level to raise us up to the dignity of God

Thank you, Jesus!

Come into our world this day.

Teach us to accept our own vulernabiity as something positive.

Teach us to reognize Your face in the most vulnerable among us

for they can be our most radical spiritual teachers.

They know.

Help us understand, Lord.  Help us truly understand.


Now to get us in the mood here is a charming YouTube rendition of  The Little Drummer Boy.

With love,

Bob Traupman

priest / writer

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