Tomorrow Advent starts – this year we have the shortest number of days possible for this lovely season. Blessed Advent to All.
During Advent I intend to post a few readings and, as the weeks go by, I hope to share a few thoughts on these. These Christmas readings are a taster.
Also, I hope very soon to have time to report at least the highlights of a particularly busy time since late Summer as there is much to share.
From Francis’ Later Admonition and Exhortation:
The most high Father made known from heaven, through His holy angel Gabriel, this Word of the Father – so worthy, so holy and glorious – in the womb of the holy and glorious Virgin Mary, from whose womb He received the flesh of our humanity and our frailty. Though He was rich, He wished, together with the most Blessed Virgin, His mother, to choose poverty in the world beyond all else.
Preface III of the Nativity of the Lord includes:
For through him the holy exchange that restores our life has shone forth today in splendour: when our frailty is assumed by your Word not only does human mortality receive unending honour but by this wondrous union we, too, are made eternal.
A poem by William Alabaster 1567 – 1640
Incarnatio est Maximum Dei Donum (The Incarnation is the Greatest Gift of God)
Like as the fountain of all light created
Doth power our streams of brightness undefined
Through all the conduits of transparent kind
That heaven and air are both illuminated
And yet his light is not thereby abated;
So God’s eternal bounty ever shined
The beams of being, moving, life, sense and mind,
And to all things Himself communicated.
But see the violent diffusive pleasure
Of goodness, that left not, till God had spent
Himself by giving us Himself His treasure
In making man a God omnipotent.
How might this goodness draw our souls above
Which drew down God with such attractive love.