Enriched by His Poverty

A Christmas Reflection


You know the grace of our Lord Jesus, how that though He was rich, yet for our sakes He became poor – that we through His poverty might become rich. — St. Paul (2 Corinthians 8:9)

The poet, Gerard Manley Hopkins puts it like this – Across my foundering deck shone a beacon, an eternal beam . . . In a flash, at a trumpet crash, I am all at once what Christ is, since He was what I am.

Christians believe that Jesus came to show and tell us what God is like, to reveal God to the world. We believe too that Jesus came to show and tell us what a fully human being can be, must be - restored, to be like and with God in intimate relationship, as we were created to be.

In Jesus God became like us; in Jesus we become like God. From poor to rich once again, through Him who gave all away, including Himself, His life, for us.


More Inspiration: