Manifestation: He Was A Stranger Among Us
“For God, it is just as natural to be lowly as it is to be high,
to be near as it is to be far, to be little as it is to be great, to be abroad as it is to be home.”
(Karl Barth, The Doctrine of Reconciliation: Church Dogmatics, trans. G. W, Bromiley,192.)
He lived out to the core, the experience of the people he called his own, living a life of utter self-emptying. It began in a stable in Bethlehem, to a life of exile in Egypt and a simple family existence in Nazareth. He pursued this choice to the end and invited along a group of chosen disciples whom he taught and instructed. They themselves have to learn to leave “father, mother, sisters, home” (cf. Mt. 19:29), to be itinerant preachers and followers of him “who gave up his own equality with God” (cf. Phil. 2:6-7).
It was no sweet life for Jesus. He came and embraced in total abandonment an earthly life which is simple, uncluttered, unobtrusive, mingling freely with the poor, the downtrodden and the despised. He earned enemies living this way. He did not seek to please the powers that be, he sought not their counsel, rather he taught them his own and more. Acknowledging him as a threat to the establishment, they sought to do away with him. His own people rejected him and expulsed him from their midst. “No prophet indeed is accepted in his own country” (Luke 4:24), he was an unwanted stranger among his own kin.
Sr. Noemie E. Digo,MSCS