God’s incarnation makes sacred our very decisions and even the process of discernment. Every decision we make becomes an incarnation, a little Christmas through which God enters the world.
People had to discern John the Baptist’s message. Was he the messiah? What were the signs they saw? Discernment includes many signs, consolation and desolation, and movements from the spirits that prepare the way to a choice.
God illumines a light into the world through the Annunication. Mary’s yes comes in a place of freedom, hope, and not clinging. Ignatius gives us several exercises for making decisions with this kind of freedom.
Incarnation occurs all the time, even in our decisions. We are in a whirl of confusion and feel like we’re in darkness. Advent is a time of sitting with those raw feelings and emotions because discernment begins with observation.
The Incarnation is not just a snapshot moment, but something that lives on and unfolds through us. The Incarnation was so our understanding of God could be radically shifted.
As 21st century Christians we look through the lens of history having already happened. We approach Advent in a way that already knows the next chapter of the story. There’s a deeper story that is ours, too.
Part 1 of 3 of an interview with Tim Mackie and Jon Collins of The Bible Project, exploring some of the biblical themes that connect to Ignatian spirituality.
A meditation on the Incarnation, using Google Maps.
Why are we uncomfortable with vulnerability and gentleness when God’s encounter with us often happens in those moments of meekness and softness?