Crusts & Crumbs is a new reflection for Sunday evenings: thoughts on today’s Scripture from parenting’s perspective. If you’re hungry to connect faith and family, let’s chew here together.
Crusts & Crumbs
“For this I was born,” Jesus says (John 18:37). We think his birth attracts attention, coming at the end of Christmas countdown and Advent anticipation. But how much do we meditate on who God was before and after birth?
This week we whiplash from Christ the King to Christ the Child. Alpha and Omega, end and beginning, the turning point of the church year. But this is no slow shift from Ordinary Time to Advent. Suddenly God is bounded by bodies – Jesus’ own and his mother’s. A shrinking that expands, a growing that surrenders. Pregnancy’s paradoxes made divine.
All of us were once held within another. Womb surrounded for months of darkness. Stretched within skin, carried by muscle, buoyed with water. Strength and nourishment, the place of preparation. Pregnancy unites us before birth divides us. Temporary but transformative: we could not have become without it.
Visioning the end (which is beginning), John calls Christ “the firstborn of the dead” (Rev 1:5). Resurrection as rebirth: even in death, his birth defines him. Bound by another’s body, he became one of us. Strange and startling as bread-turned-God: the eternal into everyday, the divine again carried within bodies (now ours).
Each child we love was carried within flesh, ours or another’s. Every human holds this in common: limitation, embodiment, dependence. Could we be softer on our children, their faults or messes, if we remembered that limitation is natural and embodiment is necessary? Could we be gentler on ourselves if we celebrated the beauty of dependence?
For this I was born. For this flesh and blood.
What has birth taught you about God? What overlooked moment of Incarnation’s mystery invites deeper reflection?