Richard Rohr, an incredible spiritual leader for today’s seekers, has said “God comes to us disguised as our life.”
I am mindful that the Christian season of Advent is filled with rich reminders of this sort of expectancy.
Perhaps you’ll hear in it these echoes ancient and new…
A context of occupation and tension and lives claimed by the Empire’s false peace.
A world of encounter amid diversity and transformation amid conflict.
A community of communities wrestling for blessing and name.
A people — some in despair, some with resilience, and a few with star-fixed hope.
A temptation toward triumphalism, and a truth born in a manger.
Then and now, God comes to us disguised as our life. Ever at work in all of Life, and always greater than all our designs, Emmanuel is announced again at Advent. And when the Divine in our life is looked upon with welcome and praise, we give birth again to redemption and hope.
Wherever you walk, however you name yourself, I pray that Jesus’ birth brings good news this year. That his church brings blessing, not burden, to you. That a New Year awaits you with the graces needed to discover this:
God comes to you disguised as your life.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!