The Christ. Isn’t Jesus’ last name. Advent is when I first realized this. It took me a long time to realize that our theology in America has largely taken Jesus out of the Trinity. Advent reminds us what the shape of God is, and since God made everything, what the shape of everything should be (if it isn’t already!). The Trinity, always outpouring and mutually indwelling, always self-giving, (obviously) knew it was the best idea to become a baby.
A tiny, stinky, needy, loud little flesh-lump. Now there’s a son whose veins are filled with blood that sprung from the well of Mary’s heart.
Dependent, and vulnerable: that’s not what people say about God, but that’s what The Christ tells us God will do for us.
Where would Jesus be without the Love of a mom? And a Dad? And a community?
They protected him from the political authorities that he threatened with his existence alone.
Our relationships are divine. The Trinity shows us that outpouring ourselves is how you do it. You go down. Dependent, vulnerable, down like Jesus.
Stefan Seeling, student ministries director