Humanity is sanctified by You. You wed heaven to earth. I don’t think we dwell on this enough. Because of God taking upon human flesh and blood with all its strengths, weaknesses and emotions, the state of being human is divinized. Because humanity was and is touched by the divine, it is divine. Because humanity was and is the receptacle and vehicle of the divine, it is human. What could make life more sacred than that? What could motivate us to look upon ourselves and others with more love and compassion than that?
We tend to look at Your life and death, the gospel stories, the whole journey from Bethlehem to Calvary as something outside of ourselves – like watching a movie. But that life and death is ours; those stories are ours; that journey too is like ours, because it is all so human. Just how awestruck we should be with the humanity of Your divinity is approached when we begin to think about the details of pedestrian human life that You had to embrace: eating, drinking, sleeping, voiding, discomfort with heat and cold, bugs, the influence and urgings of others, cuts, scrapes, sores, the weariness and dustiness of travel, doubts and anxieties, needs and desires, self, mediating, grooming, dressing, and so on. You experienced what we experience and we experience what You did. It makes life sacred. You make life sacred! Heaven is married to the earth on which it starts. What is divine can no longer ever be separated or disconnected from what is human.