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Incarnating Christ in Everyday Life

Meredith Secomb

Abstract. The Theotokos knew fully the implications for everyday living of the mystery of the Trinity. She both listened and surrendered to the Holy Spirit’s transformative work within her. We are similarly called to be receptive to the Holy Spirit. Questions arise as we reflect on the dynamic of the Trinity’s engagement with a human being. What are the ontological, Christological and anthropological conditions for such receptivity? I draw on saints and scholars from both East and West in my efforts to address these questions. The Maximian notion of the human person as inherently dialogical is one foundational element in our capacity to be receptive to the leading of the Holy Spirit. St Gregory Palamas provides the concept of an “organ of vision” for perceiving God. It is an organ that yields a divine sense for spiritual realities. The concept of the spiritual senses gives us insights into the reverberations in the human psyche of engagement with the Holy Spirit. I explore how the spiritual senses become evident in human consciousness. I present the notion of a connatural attunement to God mediated through the gift of wisdom as a channel for the grace of God whereby we are enabled to respond to God in the ordinary moments of everyday life.