UNBORN WORD of the day

Advent: The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
December 11, 2008, 12:49 am
Filed under: Advent, Incarnation, Quotes from Great Christians, Unborn Jesus


Mary full of Life brings light to a dark world. Photo taken by Rob Howells, Director of Development Union Gospel Mission

Recently, we did a post about this beautiful billboard, Mary Full of Life. The idea for the sculpture and billboard were developed by Valerie Aschbacher.  (Click here to see the original news story about this billboard.) Valerie  sent out an email about her efforts to make sure it was lit up at night. She finally succeeded but shared her thoughts about the darkness surrounding the billboard.

“Saddened by this dark experience, I had hoped Mary Full of Life would become illuminated for all to see – as a real beacon of  LIGHT amongst the dark landscape in the city. This morning, the Clear Channel President has notified me – the light is working now.”

This made me think how Mary’s pregnancy and the Unborn Christ Child illuminate our dark culture of death. Karl Adam in his book The Son of God (Sheed and Ward, 1934) writes about how Christ “holy and exalted as was his nature…appeared to us in purely human form, in the dubious condition of all that is transitory and temporal.” What can be a more ‘dubious condition’ to this world than a single cell or a developing unborn baby.

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta reminded us that the poor were really Christ in a ‘distressing disguise’. In our sad world, what disguise could be more distressing than an unborn baby?

In a post entitled Life Incarnate, two views ‘the aspiring f.o.o.l.’  (an aspiring ‘friend of our Lord’) writes these beautiful lines: “He consigned Himself to a torturous life on earth so that we might see, embodied as it is, what love is.”

When I see the billboard of  Mary full of  Life spreading the light of Jesus unborn to the dark world beneath it, I know this is ‘what love is’ – Jesus unborn ‘in the dubious condition of all that is transitory and temporal’ – yes a beautiful yet , ‘ distressing disguise’ that this dark world needs to behold.

“In Him was life, and the life was the light of  men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it” (John 1: 4-5)

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