Presiding Bishop's 2005 Christmas Message

December 19, 2005

is God's shocking insistence that flesh and blood like ours

be the medium of God's Word.


No abstraction,

no lofty vision,

no finely wrought dogma,

no sacred tradition can mollify the shock of this truth:

As one of us

The Word comes to dwell among us

and within us,

as a newborn child,

as Jesus.


May our flesh and blood too be made the route of Christ's continuing self-gift

to our world

in words and deeds of love and truth,

mercy and indignation,

healing and forgiveness.


Let us dare to welcome the Word.


The Most Rev. Frank T. Griswold

Bishop and Primate
The Episcopal Church, USA

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