The Heartbeat of the Incarnation

Christ gave us an understanding of divine justice that is based on divine mercy. The heartbeat of the Incarnation is generosity and love. In Christ, we see a God so generous he throws everything away out of love. Christ moved beyond justice to generosity. Jesus took pity on the crowd’s real need and called on his disciples to feed them. Jesus prayed for “daily bread.” Jesus defended those who, in their hunger, ate the grain growing in someone else’s field.

While we busy ourselves striving for power and trying to control events and even people, the Gospel perpetually proclaims a far different approach to life: God has created us to live a life of dependence and receptivity, and our acceptance of that spiritual reality is required for true human growth and fulfillment. To live the Gospel forces us to live with contradiction – for the Gospel requires a faith which believes that when one has nothing, one has everything. Moreover, it asks us to count poverty as riches and humiliation has an honor.

Service to the poor and lowly is not optional…it is a requirement for the follower of Christ. To turn your back on the poor is to turn your back on Jesus. If the Gospel is not about love and justice, it has been reduced to mere sentimentality. Jesus denounced power, injustice and poverty. The core of Christianity is about the cross, suffering, renunciation and sharing what we have with others. Of course, we don’t like hearing that.


1 Response to “The Heartbeat of the Incarnation”

  1. 1 krebsjoan January 6, 2016 at 8:29 am

    I am always deeply troubled to be told things like the cross is “the core of Christianity….” and that :”Service to the poor & lowly is a requirement ….” The cross is essential, yes. But Resurrection is the core – conquest of the cross and all it brings with it. Jon Sobrino and liberation theologians speak more forcefully to me when they advocate “taking the crucified people from the Cross.”

    The notion of “service-to” it seems to me also has to be examined. This phrase, to me, always connotes separation but I am also poor and lowly. Somehow this chasm has to be bridged. As poor and lowly I also deserve service. Right?

    When people speak of taking crucified people from the Cross which we all share I feel one of the bunch instead of being superior in the sense of having things others don’t. From the heart, to the head, to the hands….

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