Words on the Word

An Advent Retreat

This Advent retreat takes as its point of departure St John’s Gospel’s radical, almost abrupt affirmation: ‘And the Word became flesh.’ Why did this have to happen? Why was the incarnation a necessity? What had been lost that only the Son of God could restore?

In two reflections of 45 minutes each (both in Norwegian) I endeavoured to shed light on these questions by reflecting on what it means to be created in the image of God and called to become like God. Attending to the wisdom of Fathers like Origen, Athanasius, and Ephrem the Syrian, we realise that redemption and re-creation are inseparable notions.

You can hear (and see) the talks through this link, which will take you to St Rita Radio.

Photograph of the evangelist’s emblem by Margot Krebs Neale.