The wonder of humanity
“They shall name him Emmanuel, which means ‘God is with us.” Matthew 1:23
On a worksheet, the youngsters were invited to finish this sentence: “I am a star because …” One young child wrote: “I just am.”
Being human is a magnificent thing; it’s how God made us. Believing in Christmas, in the incarnation, we proclaim that there is one thing that each of us has in common with God: humanity.
But do we ever negate our humanity?
When someone dies, especially a young person, people tend to say there is another angel in heaven. Not really; we are human; we remain human; we become saints, not angels.
Do we ever say ”I’m only human” and use it to describe our failings, our negative attitudes and responses? Could we say instead, “I listened today to someone who was lonely and needed a friend”? Why? “Because I’m only human.” “I worked at the homeless shelter last weekend.”Why? “Because I’m only human.”
Jesus came among us to teach us the generosity, the selflessness, and the glory of being human.
DAILY PRACTICE: Watch how you use the sentence ”I’m only human.” Use it to describe how you compassionately and attentively respond to life, to people, and to the needs of our world, as Jesus did.
ADVENT PRAYER: Ever-Present God, you chose to be one of us. As I live the challenge-and privilege-of being human, strengthen me to live it with all the intensity and faithfulness of Jesus.
From: ADVENT 2013. Daily reflections, practices and prayers.
The Promise of Peace. Janet Schaeffler, OP.