Hello Strangers and friends! Happy Post-Christmas/Pre-New Year! Fellow FLOW (For the Life of the World) writer, David Michael Phelps, shared with me a homily from Hans Urs von Balthasar that seemed like a fitting follow-up to last week’s vlog post.
Why? Well, it’s about the baby Jesus…AND it’s by von Balthasar, who is the inspirational field scholar behind Episode 6: The Economy of Wonder. I’ll be writing about him and his ideas and posting videos about Wonder throughout the month of January. In other words, it’s the perfect transition.
So, without further ado:
“Be not afraid; for behold, I bring you Good News of a great joy that will come to all the people: for to you is born this day in the city oft David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a babe wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger” ( Luke 2:10-12).
On Christmas night the shepherds are addressed by an angel who shines upon them with the blinding glory of God, and they are very much afraid. The tremendous, unearthly radiance shows that the angel is a messenger of heaven and clothes him with an incontrovertible authority. With this authority he commands them not to be afraid but to embrace the great joy he is announcing to them.
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