Greetings in the name of our incarnate God and Savior, our Lord Jesus Christ!
As we turn our thoughts once more to the birth into this world of the God-man Jesus, let us consider what God has given us to witness. While His conception at the Annunciation to the Virgin was in secret, His birth reveals Him openly. And what is revealed?
It is that our God, the Maker of all things, eternal, invisible, untouchable and incomprehensible to mortal man has now become one of us, a member of the human race. He retains His eternality while stepping into time. He remains the invisible God while becoming visible. He is beyond touching yet is now touchable. And though His essence as God is forever incomprehensible to us, in His incarnation as man, He has become truly knowable.
How can we therefore do anything but sing joyfully of Him with the angels, come to Him like the shepherds, and worship Him with the Magi? This little Child is the very God of all creation, Who, seeing our broken and fragmented state, has come to this Earth to make us whole. Through His humanity we can access His divinity, and in doing so, we are healed and united to the glorious God before all the ages. What an awesome mystery!
Christ is born! Glorify Him!
Yours in Christ,
Rt. Rev. Bishop THOMAS (Joseph)
Auxiliary Bishop, Diocese of Charleston, Oakland, and the Mid-Atlantic
Locum Tenens, Diocese of Toledo and the Midwest