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Paradoxes of Christmas

Theology and Physics – my two most favorite subjects.

There is one thing that is common between these two – paradoxes.

I love paradoxes, because they drive me nuts, but they also put me in awe, hinting that there is always something greater that my mind cannot fathom.

Paradoxes in physics are mind-bending, but nothing compares to the Incarnation, that “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14)

It is soon Christmas. Let us ponder upon the wonders of this miraculous event that once happened within our “space-time continuum“.

“The Word of the Father, by whom all the cycles of time were made,
When He was made flesh, caused the day of his birth to take place in time;
And in this human genesis willed to have one day, when no day opens without His divine command.
With the Father He precedes all the ages of the world,
By the Mother He set Himself on this day in the courses of the years.

The Maker of man was made man,
That the Ruler of the stars might suck at the breast;
That the Bread might be hungered;
The Fountain, thirst;
The Light, sleep;
The Way, be wearied by the journey;
The Truth, be accused by false witnesses;
The Judge of the living and the dead, be judged by a mortal judge;
The Chastener, be chastened with whips;
The Vine be crowned with thorns;
The Foundation, be hung upon the tree;
Strength, be made weak;
Health, be wounded;
Life, die.

He who was before all the ages, without any beginning of days,
Son of God, deigned in these days just past to be the Son of man;
And He who was begotten of the Father, not made by the Father, was ‘made’ in the mother whom He had made;
That here and now He might spring from Her, who except through Him could no-when and no-where have been.”

— St. Augustine (354-430), Sermon CXCI (on Christmas)

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