There are days when having a body seems like … an unnecessarily gross burden we must bear. To imagine that Jesus also dealt with the body’s smells and the small humiliations—that he was a baby with a runny nose or a teenager with acne—seems bizarrely implausible. And yet, this must be true. The doctrine of the Incarnation demands that we affirm Jesus in the flesh, in a body, subject to all the conditions bodies experience. …
Jesus seems quite willing to wade into the earthy realms of spit and sweat; he doesn’t shy away from the power of touch, the gift of tears, and when he is asked about the connection between sin and disease, he says quite abruptly that there is none.
—Melissa Tidwell, Embodied Light: Advent Reflections on the Incarnation (Upper Room Books, 2013)
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[Jesus said] “While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”
After saying this, he spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the [blind] man’s eyes. “Go,” he told him, “wash in the Pool of Siloam” (this word means “Sent”). So the man went and washed, and came home seeing.
—John 9:5-7 (NIV)
Prayer for the Week
Light of the world, who made all things, speak me
afresh that I might not only hear your word and receive
your essence, but also embody the word you have spoken
in me. Amen.
Prayer by Melissa Tidwell
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