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At Christmas: the littleness of God

Enough dwelling on the anger of Islam: time to remember that, while Muslims fear their Allah because he is ‘great’, Christians love their Lord because he is little.

Time to think again of the central proposition at the heart of our history and civilisation and hope: that ‘the Word became flesh and dwelt amongst us… full of grace and truth’. That the Mind of God, the act of absolute Being, ‘that beyond which nothing greater can be thought’, revealed his face and heart in the baby of a faithful Jewish girl, born under the rule of Caesar Augustus the ‘god-man’. And a baby born to die, for reasons beyond our ken, as ‘the lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world’. Enough in that notion of the incarnate and dying God to forge a new civilisation, and to re-create a weary one.

So at Christmas, the video is of Blake’s ‘little lamb’ from his ‘Songs of Innocence’, to Tavener’s setting:

 

Little Lamb who made thee
         Dost thou know who made thee
Gave thee life & bid thee feed.
By the stream & o’er the mead;
Gave thee clothing of delight,
Softest clothing wooly bright;
Gave thee such a tender voice,
Making all the vales rejoice!
         Little Lamb who made thee
         Dost thou know who made thee
         Little Lamb I’ll tell thee,
         Little Lamb I’ll tell thee!
He is called by thy name,
For he calls himself a Lamb:
He is meek & he is mild,
He became a little child:
I a child & thou a lamb,
We are called by his name.
         Little Lamb God bless thee.
         Little Lamb God bless thee.

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