Discovering Christ by Henri J.M.Nouwen

Discovering Christ 
Fourth Sunday of Advent—December 23 

I think that we have hardly thought through the immense implications of the mystery of the incarnation. Where is God? God is where we are weak, vulnerable, small and dependent. God is where the poor are, the hungry, the handicapped, the mentally ill, the elderly, the powerless. How can we come to know God when our focus is elsewhere, on success, influence, and power? I increasingly believe that our faithfulness will depend on our willingness to go where there is brokenness, loneliness, and human need. 

If the church has a future it is a future with the poor in whatever form. Each one of us is seriously searching to live and grow in this belief, and by friendship we can support each other. I realize that the only way for us to stay well in the midst of the many “worlds” is to stay close to the small, vulnerable child that lives in our hearts and in every other human being. Often we do not know that the Christ child is within us. When we discover him we can truly rejoice. 

Sabbatical Journey: The Diary of His Final Year (Sunday December 24, 1995, Freiburg, Germany). © Henri J.M. Nouwen. Published by The Crossroad Publishing Company and reprinted here with publisher’s kind permission.


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One Response to Discovering Christ by Henri J.M.Nouwen

  1. Carol Kauffman says:

    ” O Come to us, abide with us, our Lord Emanuel!”
    Thank you Jesus for coming in humility to the humble shepherds and the meek in heart like Mary. Show us how Jesus to reflect you to All we meet, in whatever place we find ourselves… because we are All made in the image of God and by His mercy, grace and love being transformed ” from degree to degree ” into the likeness of His dear Son, Jesus, Our Lord and Savior…in whose name I pray!

    Lord, show us how to ” walk in a manner worthy of our calling ” which is to be Christlike.

    “To see Thee more clearly,
    Love Thee more dearly,
    Follow Thee more nearly
    Day by Day.”

    St. Richard of Chichester

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