The human journey is not about becoming spiritual beings nearly as much as becoming fully human beings, which is actually much harder. We are already spiritual beings from the moment of our conception; we just don’t know it yet. The Bible tries to let you in on the secret, by revealing God in the ordinary. That’s why so much of the text seems so mundane, practical, specific and, frankly, unspiritual! (Most Catholics stopped reading the Bible for this very reason, and many New Agers do the same.)

We have created a terrible kind of dualism between the spiritual and the so-called non-spiritual. The principle of Incarnation proclaims that matter and spirit, sacred and secular have never been separate. Jesus came to tell us that these two seemingly different worlds are and always have been one. We just couldn’t see it until God put them together in one body that we call Jesus (see Ephesians 2:11-20). And YOU are also that Body! Now you are ready to face a new year with confidence and joy.

Adapted from Things Hidden: Scripture as Spirituality, p. 17


  • What is your understanding of the long english word "incarnation"?  What other words would you use to describe the incarnational process? My own list of words includes: earthy, real, fleshy, sensual, clay origins …
  • What do you think it means that The Word of God became flesh and dwelt among us?
  • If you are a Christian, how can you, a reader and listener of the Gospels, give flesh and make real and effective the good news proclaimed?


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