The Christmas season is a time to reflect on the mystery of the Incarnation, “The Word was made flesh.” God’s love sent him to us, John writes in his 1st Letter:
“In this way the love of God was revealed to us:
God sent his only-begotten Son into the world
so that we might have life through him.”
St. Maximus the Confessor reflects further on this mystery of love. It’s an adaptable love he says:
“The Word of God, born once in the flesh (such is his kindness and his goodness), is always willing to be born spiritually in those who desire him. In them he is born as an infant as he fashions himself in them by means of their virtues. He reveals himself to the extent that he knows someone is capable of receiving him. He diminishes the revelation of his glory not out of selfishness but because he recognises the capacity and resources of those who desire to see him. Yet, in the transcendence of mystery, he always remains invisible to all.
For this reason the apostle Paul, reflecting on the power of the mystery, said: Jesus Christ, yesterday and today: he remains the same for ever. For he understood the mystery as ever new, never growing old through our understanding of it.”
An adaptable, respectful love. That’s the way Jesus loved us. That’s the way to love others.