Monday, May 19, 2008

Et Verbum caro factum est

AND THE WORD WAS MADE FLESH AND DWELT AMONG US — John 1:14

Both ancient Greek and Jew recognized the Logos, or Word, or Mind, or Wisdom of God, through whom all things were made.  That the Word became actually became incarnate and walked among us is a distinctly Christian doctrine.

The Incarnation is the prototype for another kind of word becoming flesh:  in theater, the words of a script become the flesh of actors on the stage; the realm of the spirit and the realm of matter join.  Not just a mere analogy, this enfleshment is done within God's Creation itself, and so the work of actors is properly seen as an act of sub-creation.

The Saint Louis based company, the Theatre of the Word, founded by Kevin O'Brien, takes its name from this incarnational theology.  Kevin has a new anthology series of Christian drama to be shown on EWTN, and will be interviewed by Fr. Mitch Pacwa on Wednesday, May 21st at 7:00 p.m. Central Time.

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