He Emptied Himself

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Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God,
did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped,
but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant,
being born in the likeness of men.
And being found in human form,
he humbled himself by becoming obedient
to the point of death, even death on a cross.
Philippians 2: 6-8

 

[The Incarnation is like] a wave of the sea which,
rushing up on the flat beach,
runs out, even thinner and more transparent,
and does not return to its source but sinks into the sand and disappears.
~Hans Urs von Balthasar from Origen: Spirit and Fire

 

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This is a week of emptying. It is impossible to approach tomorrow’s supper and His anguished prayer without feeling hollowed out, our empty spaces then filled to the brim with grace. More over, through commemoration of these historical events, God on earth once again empties Himself onto our earthly soil and into our fleshly souls. He washes our dirty feet, feeds us at His table, and pleads for our forgiveness when we deserve none of it. He loses Himself in us. Through Him, we are welcomed home, whole and holy.

Hollowed, then hallowed.

 

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Let him kneel down, lower his face to the grass,
And look at light reflected by the ground.
There he will find everything we have lost.
~Czeslaw Milosz from “The Sun”

 

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2 thoughts on “He Emptied Himself

  1. Exquisite. Comforting. Much-needed reminder for those times when we become distracted by ‘The World’ and forget…our blessed inheritance, our faith beginnings….
    You have truly set our minds and hearts on ‘holy ground,’ beautiful woman, as we all together as One Body prepare to remember and to give thanks for what Jesus the Christ, the Incarnate God, has given to us as a sign, a down payment, of his unwavering love for us….

    Love and peace to you and your family as you gather to celebrate the Triduum,
    Alice

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