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Week of Prayer 12 - The Birth of Jesus

Posted by Thomas David McMurray on December 17, 2020 at 1:10 PM

Week of Prayer 12 - The Birth of Jesus


  •  Reflections on Christmas



Questions to consider as you review the reading.


1, What were the highlights of the material for me?


2. What touched me or gave me new or nuanced insights?


3. What challenged me in this material?


4. What connects or resonates with my experience of the Spiritual Exercises


5. What was relevant to my formation as a prayer companion or spiritual director?


6. What would you like to take to prayer?

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Reply Kathy OhEigeartaigh
8:45 AM on January 3, 2021 
While it feels a bit as though the rug was pulled out from under my feet after reading this essay, letting go of the imagined story made room for contemplating the greater truth - the incarnation of love, which is God. I loved the discussion of creation groaning in labor. I am fascinated by quantum mechanics and the notion that all things exist simultaneously which completely lays waste to the human concept of time as linear. It feels like God has a sense of humor and lets us grapple with our limited understanding of a truth that is right in front of us but exists just beyond our knowing, that we are immersed in a creation of love, are intimately part of that creation, and are too close to understand it - like the tale of the blind men and the elephant.

Reading the essay reminded me of the reason for storytelling and the role of myth- the human need to to try and explain the unexplainable. We read in the gospels that Jesus was shunned by his hometown. I found myself imagining an alternative story, that Mary and Joseph left Nazareth because Joseph’s family was shamed by her unexplainable pregnancy and her explanation of how it came about. I was creating a myth just as the gospel writers did. It didn’t change the essential truth and was an unnecessary exercise to try and explain and sort out details that really are beside the point. God gave us a physical incarnation of Gods great love for creation so that we might know and recognize the essential truth- we are all part of an immense act of love. As I grow in the ability to accept this great recognition and gift, so too does my ability to live in joyful freedom as a recipient of this early unimaginable and undeserved gift.