And the Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us, and we saw His glory, the glory as of the Father’s only Son, full of grace and truth (Jn 1:14).

25 Dec 2020. Christmas Day. Cycle B-2021. Cycle C-2019. Is 52:7-10 + Hb 1:1-6 + Jn 1:1-18

He is the Most High, King of kings and Lord of lords, yet He came into the world, poorest of the poor, and without fanfare.

…Born in the darkest night, at an inhuman stable, on unsanitary manger.
…Raised unheralded in Nazareth, a town too poor nothing good could come from it.
…Got no pillow under His head, nor roof over His head.
…Carried no moneybag nor tunic pack.
…Rejected at birth, in life, and in death, all with a forgiving heart.
…Mobbed in trial, mocked and drubbed, but mum in submission.
…Died in the darkest day, on ignominious cross, stripped of human dignity.
…And in burial, was laid in a borrowed tomb.

He is the Most High, but He talked about and walked around in lowliness, not as fate to overcome, but opportunity to welcome.

…Poverty dampens not, but catalyzes achievement.
…Pride weighs the soul down to the world; when shaken off, the soul floats to heaven.
…A gloomy start precludes not a glorious end.
…Adversity firms up the spirit, and strengthens the body.
…Handicap opens the heart to love from neighbor, and from God.
…Greatness is boosted, not by an army of servants, but by an array of services.

I felt a gentle tap in my heart and heard a gentle voice saying, “I am Humility, do you have room for me at YOUR IN?” VSS

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