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Below are two verses from John. They essentially proclaim the paradox of Jesus—that he is fully God and fully flesh and blood. Both of these claims together are staggering, yet very unbelievable. Can you believe it? Do you believe it? Kathleen Norris addresses this very point with the following:

"I began to realize that one of the most difficult things about believing in Christ is to resist the temptation to dis-incarnate him, to not accept him as both fully human and fully divine."

These two realities of Jesus, that he is fully God and fully man, are the very core ef this story. God moved into the neighborhood as a baby. That is the paradox. Can you believe it?

Here is the reading for the ninth day of Advent:

John 1:1-2, 14

"The Word was first,
the Word present to God,
God present to the Word.
The Word was God,
in readiness for God from day one.

"The Word became flesh and blood,
and moved into the neighborhood.
We saw the glory with our own eyes,
the one-of-a-kind glory,
like Father, like Son,
Generous inside and out,
true from start to finish."


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