The Paradox of Nativity

The paradox of the nativity – Dr Lalith Mendis

The Creator, The Uncreated being – took fetal from in a Virgin’s womb.

The source of life           -came to share our troubled life.

The Infinite                     -took finite form.

God who is spirit            -took corporeal limit.

The Eternal Reason         -became a fledgling Person.

He who inhabits eternity -became contemporary in human history.

He who is Omnipresent, and transcendent – became space – dependent.

He who is Unchanging and Immortal – became decayable and mortal.

He whose throne is the heavens, the earth His footstool – was cradled in a manger where oxen drool.

He whose glory spawns the galaxies – came to a stable in Bethlehem’s alleys.

He who designed and owns the created order – was born a pitiable, lowly pauper.

He who is clothed in light inaccessible and brilliant – opted to be strapped in swaddling vestment.

Undisputed Omnipotent Sovereign of the vast creation – became an undefended infant in a vassal nation.

The one Excellent in Holiness – was willing to appear in the likeness of sinfulness.

The Great Architect of the starry echelon – was willing to be called the carpenter’s Son.

He who was unimpeachable in purity – was willinlg to be accused of being illegitimate progeny.

The Lord of Hosts, the Eternal King – was threatened with death by a despotic king.

The Foundation of all wisdom and knowledge – was willing to be taught under earthly tutelage.

He who was rich became poor for us – that we might become rich by His grace.

What Babe Is This?

Vulnerable Babe takes on the madding crowd

It’s Christmas night and City in mystery shroud

Beasts of burden eager waiting in a holy hush

Prince of Peace drew us from the rage and rush

Angels on high visit the wretched Shepherds

God announces gladsome gracious words

Outcasts profligate ne’er do well included

O Star of Bethlehem your long wait rewarded

Poor are glad, King Herod and priests enraged

Humble promoted, oppressed mercy engaged

New Order of the Heart’s liberation unveiled

Swords turn to ploughshares barriers scaled

Turning Tables beginning in the Stable

Mary said Yes…Joseph said but… Yes

Augustus Caesar directed to call Census

God Almighty as Helpless Babe – Dress

Takes on Caesar, Herod, Priest the press

Rags His armour, straw bed His throne

Innocence His weapon, love to His own

What Saviour is this, where’s His Glory – Lying in a Manger

Though Dawkins puffs and Hawking huffs – God not in danger

To Invade the Mighty Roman Empire – man’s injustice and fear

God Babe ushered by a Virgin as foretold by Isaiah the Seer

Immanuel – God with us, for us, in us, thru us – ne’er against us

It’s time again for beauty, truth, love, hope and build up trust

– Dr Lalith Mendis

(The writer is the Director of the Colombo Empathic Learning Centre) 


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Profile Dr Lalith Mendis Dr Lalith Mendis topped his batch on his graduation from Colombo Medical Faculty in 1976. He won the coveted Final MBBS top student’s Herath Guneratne memorial Prize & gold medal, Prof Rajasuriya Clinical Medicine Prize, Pharmacology Medal, Pathology Medal. He passed the MRCP (Part 1) in 1978. He was Clinical Registrar, Dept of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine (1979 – 1980) & moved to Pharmacology. He won the Commonwealth Scholarship in 1979. His last academic post was as Lecturer in charge Pharmacology, Faculty of Medicine, Kelaniya (1993 – 1999). Dr Lalith Mendis is the Founder Director of the Empathic Learning Centre, He has researched the effect of digital overuse on children & youth and developed empathic therapies to reverse inattention, impulsivity & hyperactivity. Dr Mendis hosts the monthly Digital Forum at his centre and has delivered lectures & conducted seminars on this theme in leading schools & Corporates in Colombo. He has also lectured in Germany, Malaysia & UK. Author of five books on the topic, his books Right Learning & Recovering Childhood, Children Our Heritage & Let the Children Come to Me are in their second print. His books are available from all major bookstores in Colombo. His latest book “Parenting Heart & Brain - in an age of digital domination” has a preface from the former Dean of the Medical faculty of Colombo. “I have been seeing children affected by too much cartoon abuse. This is not about ADHD but normal children with agitation & hyperactivity & inattention in studies”.

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