Saturday, December 24, 2011

Looking ahead

Let us welcome
him — the whole
mystery of who
he is/was
into our lives.
Let us welcome him into our lives

By Father Perry D. Leiker

Merry Christmas! ¡Paz y amor! Rejoice in the birth of Christ our savior!

Incarnation — God taking on human flesh and becoming man — has occurred! We are and never will be the same. The human and divine are now one as never before. This is redemption of our flesh and humanity. If there was ever any question as to the sacredness of the human body, it must never be questioned again.

God has taken on human form, human flesh, the human body, and entering it has sanctified it beyond understanding. Truly, the body has become a temple of God’s presence, and it is holy. We focus on "mangers" and "no room in the inn," but in the deepest sense there is another connection we cannot forget: the difficulties surrounding Jesus’ birth (unforeseen and unexplainable pregnancy; a rather uncomfortable birth site; slaughter of innocents in Bethlehem) are a kind of prophetic look at what is to come.

The cross! The cross! It is clearly a part of who Jesus is and who he is to become — even at his birth. It is not a thing of shame — it is simply the reality of both the incarnation and the redemption — the birth and death of the Lord.

Let us welcome him — the whole mystery of who he is/was into our lives.

Merry CHRIST-mas!

Father Perry D. Leiker is St. Bernard parish administrator. Reach him at (323) 255-6142.

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