Voce mea ad Dominum

Random thoughts from an amateur theologist.

Sunday, December 25, 2005

Et verbum caro factum est

Today, the twenty-fifth day of December, unknown ages from the time when God created the heavens and the earth and then formed man and woman in his own image. Several thousand years after the flood when God made the rainbow shine forth as a sign of the covenant. Twenty-one centuries from the time of Abraham and Sarah; thirteen centuries after Moses led the people of Israel out of Egypt. Eleven hundred years from the time of Ruth and the Judges; one thousand years from the annointing of David as king; in the sixty-fifth week according to the prophecy of Daniel. In the one hundred ninety-fourth Olympiad; the seven hundred and fifty-second year from the foundation of the city of Rome. The forty-second year of the reign of Octavian Augustus; the whole world being at peace, Jesus Christ, eternal God and Son of the eternal Father, desiring to sanctify the world by his most merciful coming, being conceived by the Holy Spirit, and nine months having passed since his conception, was born in Bethlehem of Judea of the Virgin Mary.

Today is the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ according to the flesh.

And with these words, the Incarnation is proclaimed, and Christ becomes the center point of history as important events both sacred and secular are recounted in time in relation to his birth. Jew and Gentile histories are proclaimed, and the two are symbolically linked, and it is revealed that Christ comes not merely to save the House of Israel but as the sanctifier and savior of all people. This is the true Spirit of Christmas, a tangible and glorious event, the birth of the eternal God, an event which changed history forever. O Come, let us adore him!

Alleluia! Born today our justice and our mercy, God in flesh among us! Lord Jesus Christ! Alleluia!


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