O God, who wonderfully created, and yet more wonderfully restored, the dignity of human nature: Grant that we may share the divine life of him who humbled himself to share our humanity, your Son Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
—Collect for the Second Sunday after Christmas Day
from Collects:Contemporary, The Book of Common Prayer
The collect for the Second Sunday after Christmas Day is one of my favorite prayers, highlighting the full meaning of the Incarnation and, hence, the wisdom at the heart of the nativity on Christmas Day. We see that the occasion is not merely the birth of a cute little baby—even the birth of a baby into perilous circumstances—but the mystical joining of human and divine in a way that honors, vindicates and transforms our notions of human nature while holding out the promise of our being able to share in the divine life in our flesh. Continue reading “The 2nd Sunday after Christmas Day: Reflections on the Collect”