“So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son.” – John 1:14
The first chapter of John’s gospel misses out all the messy details of Jesus’ birth – the manger, the shepherds and the magi. Yet it opens our imaginations to the incredible thought, that the creator of the universe became human and lived among us in the messy details of the everydayness of life. As we know, that life ended in a very painful death, before death itself was overcome in the resurrection. The suffering (the Passion) of Christ is at the centre of the Biblical story. In Jesus we discover a God who freely opens himself to others – a God who suffers because he passionately loves. As Moltmann says, “His freedom is his vulnerable love, his openness, the encountering kindness through which he suffers with the human beings he loves and becomes their advocate, thereby throwing open their future to them.” This can be summed up in one word: solidarity. All praise to our God who lovingly decided to become human and make his home among us.