Saturday, December 26, 2015

Unseasonal, I know

I'll tell you why "Veni, veni, Emmanuel" is for me THE hymn of the Christian Faith. Musically it is a moan, a desperate cry, a pathetic whimper that shows what little man can do. Man ultimately can only beg. But what does he beg for? For just enough scraps of food to sustain his short life in this vale of tears? A little shelter to keep him safe from the elements? A little, mindless entertainment to distract him from the inevitable anguish of corporeal existence? No, none of that. Man may be a pathetic, whining beggar, but at least he has the dignity to beg for nothing short of the presence of God Incarnate, and it is precisely in man's desperate weakness and brokenness that his daring nobility shines forth. So, please, I beg thee, veni, veni, Emmanuel!

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