Love Come Down


Holy Island, United Kingdom

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Created: 2011

Love came down at Christmas,
Love all lovely, love divine;
Love was born at Christmas,
Star and angels gave the sign.
Worship we the Godhead,
Love incarnate, love divine;
Worship we our Jesus:
But wherewith for sacred sign?
Love shall be our token,
Love shall be yours and love be mine,
Love to God and to all men,
Love for plea and gift and sign.
Christina Rossetti

Although the words of the hymn by Rossetti may seem a little simplistic there is a real beauty to the idea behind them. It leaves the reader to imagine the nature of Love, clearly it is meant as another name for Jesus but what else? Love as a plea demands our vulnerability and our sacrifice, opening ourselves to rejection but also opening ourselves to being loved in return. Love as a gift makes it more than just an elusive emotion if we are giving it to God, it has to become something that represents our whole self, something that transforms us from a collection of cells into a child of God.

The building where the Holy Family reside is not a cave or a stable but the lower floor of a large family home, recent theories suggest that as being the more likely place of birth and I liked the idea that this magnificent event was something that happened in the midst of real life rather than as something separate.

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