Friday, December 17, 2010

Matthew 1:1-17

What appears to be such a boring reading is really this beautiful panorama of the mystery of God's love for his creation. He is constantly working to bring us home. The acts of generations all played a part in his grand plane, perhaps knowingly and perhaps knowingly. Finally it reaches a point where it depends on the "yes" of two apparently common and unknown people, Joseph and Mary, who said "yes" over and over again. And from there, it continues. It is continuing now as I write this or you read it. I don't know about you, but I've got to sit down for this. This great, holy tapestry of salvation, this on-going active relationship between the Creator and the created. The God who we know yet is mysterious in his ways just the same. The God who loves us and baffles us simultaneously. There is a oneness to this that cannot be summed up in a few words.

We are deeply entangled with our God, one way or another. We can join in or struggle to stay away. Or we can ignore it and grow cold. But we cannot escape it.

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