I embrace you, Jesus

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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

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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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