As we march our way (through the snow!) to the first Sunday of the Great Fast, we are given an opportunity to consider the place and importance of Icons in our life, and more to the point the importance of what they convey.” The Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth” (Jn. 1:14).
It is very fitting that on the New Calendar the very next day (Monday the 25th) we celebrate the feast of the Annunciation to the Mother of God (Lk 1:26-35).
We are the Church of the incarnation, where God in his total love has emptied himself taking the form of a servant, sharing in our nature and condition, totally and completely, and we have to remind ourselves what that means.
Does it mean having a God who loves from a distance, who pities our tragedies, wars, poverty, and violence but does nothing to end it, to heal it? Does it mean having an enlightened teacher who says lots of smart things but in the end can do nothing to change our brokeness, and mortality.
Our affirmation of the incarnation, is the proclamation, that God who cares so much for humanity enters in time space and matter, and shares in our struggles, our poverty, our loneliness, and ultimately death itself to save us, to change us.
We have to continually remind ourselves that we are the Church of the incarnation, as is witnessed in Icons, and proclaimed by the martyrs, and fathers of the Ecumenical councils. It is only in this that the insanity of the world can have context, and even healing, and the only way, we can be comforted. Knowing that God himself has come to reconcile all this mess, in His only begotten Son.