In the Flesh

The story of Christmas is the story of the “incarnation” of God–of God’s spirit putting on the “flesh and blood” of human beings and coming from heaven to earth by being born as a helpless human baby born of a human mother. How can this story be “re-imagined” by religious liberals living in the 21st century? The poet, Mary Oliver, offers one answer when she writes: “The spirit likes to dress up like this: ten fingers, ten toes,shoulders, and all the rest at night in the black branches, in the morning in the blue branches of the world.” Spirit and flesh are not separate, but one, and the spirit of Life is always “incarnate” in us and in the world.