If Christ Had Become Incarnate Now

A beautiful reflection on Gaudete Sunday by Archbishop Oscar Romero, one of the great Catholic figures in the last 50 years. Here is a link to information on the canonization of Archbishop Romero.

Archbishop Oscar Romero: A Saint for the Poor

A Seat At The Table

If Christ had become incarnate now

and were a thirty-year-old man today,

he would be here in the cathedral

and we wouldn’t know him from the rest of you —

a thirty-year-old man, a peasant from Nazareth,

here in the cathedral like any peasant

from our countryside.

The Son of God made flesh would be here

and we wouldn’t know him —

one completely like us.


How shameful to think that perhaps pagans,

people with no faith in Christ,

may be better than we

and nearer to God’s reign.

Remember how Christ received a pagan centurion

and told him, “I’ll go and cure your servant”?

The centurion, full of humility and confidence,

said, “No, Lord, I am not worthy that you go there.

Just say a word

and my servant will be cured.”

Christ marveled, says the gospel, and he said,

“Truly, I have not found such faith in…

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About William Ockham

I am a father of two with eclectic interests in theology, philosophy and sports. I chose the pseudonym William Ockham in honor of his contributions to philosophy, specifically Occam's Razor, and its contributions to modern scientific theory. My blog (www.teilhard.com) explores Ignatian Spirituality and the intersection of faith, science and reason through the life and writings of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (pictured above).
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3 Responses to If Christ Had Become Incarnate Now

  1. In some American cities, like San Francisco, we would criminalize him as a waste for society.

  2. Paolo Merolla says:

    Thanks so much. I remember that 1980 day even if I was a kid. May He pray for us.

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