Week 4: Thursday

Doctrine and Covenants 163:2b, 3a
(excerpted; fresh rendering)

Restoring people to healthy relationships
with God, others, themselves, and the earth
is at the heart of the purpose of your journey
as a people of faith.

You are called to create pathways in the world
through which the peace that is found in Christ
can be made incarnate
in relationships and in cultures.

Where Christ’s vision is embodied
in communities of generosity, justice, and peace—
there is the Zion you have been longing for.

Reflection:

In that stable in Bethlehem,
God became incarnate—
in other words, embodied.

Now Christ lives in me,
by virtue of his Spirit living in me.
In that sense,
Christ is incarnate, or embodied, in me.

I am called—
or rather, I am part of a community of disciples who are called—
to find ways to make Christ’s peace incarnate,
to make Christ’s peace physically manifest,
in people’s relationships
and in their cultures, their ways of living.

I am called—
or rather, I am part of a community of disciples who are called—
to create communities
where generosity is embodied, or incarnated, in action,
where justice is embodied, or incarnated, in action,
where peace is embodied, or incarnated, in action.

In this way,
the Zionic vision that Christ taught
becomes embodied, or incarnate,
in communities of living people.

The Incarnation didn’t happen and end
in that stable in Bethlehem.
The Incarnation is an ongoing process,
which I am helping to make happen.

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