St. Alban the Martyr

Vicar's letter January 2018

11 Jan 2018 • General news

At Christmas, we celebrated the feast of the incarnation of Christ. There are other religions that believe that their God was born as a human: for example, in Hinduism, Krishna is the eighth avatar of the God Vishnu. Yet, there is something different in the Christian idea of God becoming incarnate in Christ Jesus. In Christianity, we don’t just believe that God took on the outward appearance of a human; we believe that in Jesus everything that is God and everything that is human is fused together, Jesus combined two natures; human and divine.

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being 4 in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it…. 14 And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth. (John 1). Further, through Jesus all that it is to be human is taken into God so that Jesus is the doorway to divinity through whom we are invited to pass. Jesus says, “I am the door” (John 10:9)

The consequences of the incarnation don’t stop there. God became incarnate as a human in Jesus, and through Jesus, God is incarnate in every country, every society and every culture. We are invited by God to be an incarnation of God’s kingdom in the world; through us and our faith and actions God wants to become known in every corner of the earth.

There are many cultures and sub cultures in our own country and community. In St Alban’s we mainly have a culture of elderly people and a particular tradition of church and music. It is important that we recognise that God is incarnate in the way we do things at St Alban’s while we remember that God wants to be incarnate in all cultures, all ages, all forms of music.

Throughout the season of Epiphany, we will celebrate Christ being revealed to humanity through the wise men, John the Baptist and the wedding at Cana. How are we going to participate in bringing people to Jesus so that He can become incarnate in their lives, their cultures, their world? A worthwhile question for us to ponder in the new year.