Regardless of our success in Advent, we are soon to be rewarded with the greatest gift we could never have deserved: the Incarnation of Our Savior! With that gift, we receive countless others. As St. Augustine said, “He who made all things is therefore himself made, that those who are lost may be found. It is even as man is made to testify of himself in the Psalms: ‘Before I was humbled, I went wrong.’ Man sinned and became guilty. God is born man, that the guilty may be delivered. Man fell, but God descended. Man fell miserably, God descended mercifully. Man fell by pride, God descended with grace.”
Christmas is a season of Joy not just for the Coming of our Lord in the flesh. In Creation, God gave humanity stewardship over many things: fish, birds, livestock, seed-bearing plants and fruited trees. Most importantly, however, he gave us dominion over our own lives. Theologians call it “Free Will” and Philosophers call it “Conscience” or “Morality,” but in truth, it is simply stewardship over ourselves. He gave us the power and strength to dictate our priorities, our desires and our actions. How do you intend to use that power? In Romans, Paul tells us “It is written: 'As surely as I live, says the Lord, every knee will bow before me; every tongue will confess to God.' So then, each of us will give an account of himself to God.” I urge you, in light of the gift of Christ’s Incarnation, to employ the gift of your stewardship over yourself to redirect your priorities toward living as a stronger, truer and simpler instrument of God’s Love for the world.
~Rev. Canon Aaron Zook
25 Pentecost, 2015