Tuesday, December 07, 2010
Perhaps it is fitting that the first reaction is one of dis-ease.
Perhaps the uneasy reaction is because it seems, well... scandalous.
Maybe even sacreligious.
Sacreligious because well, it portrays the Holy as wellll... common meat.
And everyone knows common meat isn't fit for God.
And maybe that is the point.
We've sacrelized the Incarnation and Nativity to the point of sanitizing it.
The scandal of God in flesh/God with meat has been lost because it has become religion, not history.
The scandal of eating His flesh and drinking His blood has been lost because we are fed it out of gilded cups with golden spoons by royalty in gold robes.
The Incarnation has lost its power because we've composed majestic hymns and painted reverent pictures and set cute little plastic scenes of it on white cotton cloth instead of beds of saurkraut.
Maybe this is closer to the reality of the Incarnation.
Perhaps the real scandal is what we've turned it into.