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Dear Friends, Associates and fellow Pilgrims,
The Christmas experience offers to us and to the whole world a fundamental truth about the ancient and ever-present Holy One of Blessing, that the Divine Presence is not ever distant from us and our evolving experience of light, life and love.
God is Emmanuel. God-is-with-us.
An early Christian theologian Tertullian used an expression to capture this experience of God fleshed in the Infant Jesus: “caro cardo salutis.” That is, the humanity of Jesus of Nazareth is at the heart of being set free from our slavery to false images of a ‘god’ who is separate from our journey of life and love. This truth of the closeness of Holy One can offer us and the whole world joy and hope and a reason to trust – even when it seems beyond us. The Holy One couldn’t get any nearer to us than our human form. As I grow older this makes sense if I understand that God is in the process of evolving. God is an emergent God in the process of emerging with us. Christmas urges me to consider that God needs humankind to become conscious, whole and complete – to live life to the full - the implication being that the evolution of God and that of humanity are entangled and cannot be separated.
The messengers at Jesus’ birth announced Glad Tidings, Good News which we can hear again this Christmas 2014. That News which can bring joy is that we are so loved by God that God becomes as one with us to make it easy for us to recognise God’s love in our day-to-day journey. Jesus is the Holy One’s Word raised up among us in time and history as person to remind us that within our person lives the Divine.
This Christmas 2014 may we hear again the Holy One’s word of love. May we hear in our hearts, in our souls and experience in our lives that we are loved. May this knowledge bring us joy, hope and a deep inner peace that all will be well.
This is not a temporary arrangement. This is about God moving in – pitching the tent of meeting among us. This is about God’s election of us as co-partners in the ever evolving work of creation.
May our souls feel their inestimably worth and divine destiny this Christmastide. May we know that we are worthy of such a Holy One who blesses us in the Child of Miriam and Joseph and the gift of every child, who is neither difficult to know nor to understand. This Divine love is God’s Gift of a liberator who brings hope to us and to the world.
A Blessed Christmas to you and to those you love. May the love of the Holy One be with you each day throughout the New Year. May you know your worth as loved into life infused with the presence of the Divine. I hope and pray that this truth which captures my own heart and mind may bring joy and hope to all our lives …
Guardian - Patmos Abbey