November 28, 2011 by Jason Hood
Babies can be really demanding. In fact, they are all demanding. Many parents find themselves feeling like the life is getting sucked out of them. But there’s one Baby who demands all.
Conversely, babies are not known for generosity. My three-year-old shared a lovie (blanket) with his sister during our interstate trip this weekend, and that was a touching moment worth celebrating. Of course, he only shared because he had *six* lovies at his disposal.
But one Baby arrived not just in order to demand, but so that he can give everything: first his life, then the world.
Few things characterize this twofold Advent grace of gift and demand better than the first two stanzas of “Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silent”:
Let all mortal flesh keep silence,
And with fear and trembling stand;
Ponder nothing earthly minded,
For with blessing in His hand,
Christ our God to earth descendeth,
Our full homage to demand.
King of kings, yet born of Mary,
As of old on earth He stood,
Lord of lords, in human vesture,
In the body and the blood;
He will give to all the faithful
His own self for heavenly food.
Babies are always treasures that are worth the sacrifice. And none are worth more than Jesus.0 Comments