I embrace you, Jesus

St Francis Embrace by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, via Wikimedia Commons

O Lord Jesus, I will embrace you
   who became a little child for me.
In my weakness I will clasp you
   who became weak for me.
A mere man, I embrace the God made man,
   the God who became a man as poor as I am,
   and came into Jerusalem seated on a humble donkey.
I embrace you, O Lord,
   because your lowly state is my greatness,
   and your weakness is my strength.
The foolishness of God is my wisdom.

Aelred of Rievaulx, 1109 – 1167, Abbot of Rievaulx in northern England


Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.  And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.

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