Quote for Advent

As we ponder the season of advent, of God breaking into Humanity, I thought that this quote from Dom Helder Camara – an Archbishop and Liberation theologian from Brazil – was particularly worth reflecting on.

“Christ came for all people of all times. But he found the best way of being present everywhere was to choose one particular spot in the world, a certain culture, a specific language. This is an important lesson for all those of us who are charged with perpetuating the living presence of Christ. We haven’t been created with to exist in a vacuum. Oh no! We’ve been created to be incarnate in some corner of the world, in which we’ve been put or to which we are led by the will of God. Here in Brazil I meet missionaries from almost every country in the world: priests, religious, members of the laity. They come to us in the spirit of incarnation. They assume our culture, they speak our language. They merge so thoroughly with our people, they become our brothers and sisters. They take on all own own problems. Not to solve them, but to encourage us to do so. Through them, through all of us together, the incarnation goes on, and so does the redemption.”


~ by joshclark17 on December 1, 2009.

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