“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth; we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father.” (Jn 1: 14)
What is the point of this great “earthquake” in Salvation History, as Gregory the Theologian calls it, of the Word becoming flesh, and dwelling among us, “full of grace and truth”? It is that we, through communion with Him both “in the flesh” and in the Spirit, Who continues to dwell among us, also become “full of grace and truth.” Just as we have “seen” His glory, we are called to manifest it, rather than obscure it, and to “see” it in one another, both “in the flesh” and in the Spirit.
But in our Internet Age, in the “virtual” reality we have created online, we generally “see” one another only in part, as a set of statements and opinions. We do not “see” one another face to face, “in the flesh,” which is a vital medium for God’s unifying revelation of Himself to us and through us, particularly since the Incarnation of His Son, Who dwells among us, “full of grace and truth,” not without but “in” the flesh. Thus it is harder for us not to be polarized and polarizing, communicating as we do through the limiting tools we have in social media. The good news is, God also knows that it is harder for us, with the particular, sophisticated challenges of our age, and I believe He will judge us, in His perfect omniscience and mercy, less harshly than we judge ourselves.
Today, in any event, let me be grateful for communication and communion “in the flesh,” with God and others, in the sacramental reality that is our world, into which Christ comes again and again, full of grace and truth. Glory be to Him.