CHRISTMAS IN NOVEMBER
By: Dcn. Garry Salguero
In the first session of the CLERGY CONFERENCE 2016, the Patriarch shared that Christianity is a “Materialistic Religion”. Christ our Savior manifested the invisible realm of the Kingdom of God. He made it visible. Jesus used material, visible, physical things to provide and answer the needs, emotional wants and physical requirements of the people. He used bread, money, wine; Jesus sat on a donkey, slept in the boat, ate with the disciples and even cook for them.
This Incarnation or Divine manifestation in the flesh is just a glimpse of the whole picture. We can never really understand or grasp the whole concept. How can we fathom with our finite mind the infinite wisdom and nature of God? How can we grasp the idea that the All-powerful, Omniscient God contained Himself inside a weak, emotional, can-experience-hunger, sensitive man? Or how can we understand the idea that the Omnipresent God, the Ever-living God, the Lord eternal, the Alpha and the Omega confined Himself in a man that was born and eventually died.
Although these are just glimpses, these are very much enough for what we need. This incarnation is not only God manifesting in the flesh but confirming that man is the vessel of God’s glory, the Light, the Word, the Son of God. He was born by a virgin birth in a manger though he can take a majestic form like the kings of old or can be emperor in descent, high in rank above the society just like the Israelites expected. Mary struggled to accept the responsibility of bearing the Son of God but obeyed because of the assurance given by God.
This reminded me that just like Mary, we bear the Savior and we bear His light that all people may behold His glory. We are all earthen vessel that holds the power and glory of God. Our social status does not matter, even our position in our church. Each one of us incarnates the word – making divinity visible through humanity - to give hope in this darkened world.