A RELATIONSHIP, NOT A SYSTEM
“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth; we have beheld his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father.” (Jn 1: 14)
Are we divinizing a text, when we say that “the Word” became flesh? No. We’re talking about a Person, “the only Son,” and His relationship with Another, “the Father.” He is “begotten” or “born” of the Father, like a word is “born” of an intelligent being; It is conceived within, and brought forth when spoken. Do I entirely “understand” this and “know” God’s eternal, mysterious Being? No. And that’s OK.
It is OK, specifically because God is not an idea I construct in my mind so that I have someone to pray to, nor a philosophical system I map out, so that I have certain ethical “guidelines” for everyday life. No. He is a Living Being with Whom I’m invited to enter into a relationship. He has already entered into a relationship with us, having “become flesh,” – not in self-isolation or on a distant mountain-top. He “dwelt among us,” and continues to do so, “full of grace and truth,” which He shares with me freely, when I connect with Him. So let me do that today, with a bit of heartfelt prayer, rather than just think about it. “Come and abide in us,” O Lord, that this day be another day “full of grace and truth,” in You. Amen!