25 December 2006

The Significance of the Incarnation

The Word of the Father, by whom all time was created, was made flesh and was born in time for us. He, without whose divine permission no day completes its course, wished to have one day for His human birth. In the bosom of His Father He existed before all the cycles of ages; born of an earthly mother, He entered upon the course of the years on this day.

The Maker of man became man that He, Ruler of the stars, might be nourished at the breast; that He, the Bread, might be hungry; that He, the Fountain, might thirst; that He, the Light, might sleep; that He, the Way, might be wearied by the journey; that He, the Truth, might be accused by false witnesses; that He, the Judge of the living and the dead, might be brought to trial by a mortal judge; that He, Justice, might be condemned by the unjust; that He, Discipline, might be scourged with whips; that He, the Foundation, might be suspended upon a cross; that Courage might be weakened; that Security might be wounded; that Life might die.

To endure these and similar indignities for us, to free us, unworthy creatures, He who existed as the Son of God before all ages, without a beginning, deigned to become the Son of Man in these recent years. He did this although He who submitted to such great evils for our sake had done no evil and although we, who were the recipients of so much good at His hands, had done nothing to merit these benefits.

Augustine, Sermons on the Liturgical Seasons

1 comment:

Ebeth said...

By Garry and Elizabeth Knussman


God took the form of man yet
Fully remained/remains God while
Serving/teaching as Son of Man

Then lived a full life facing temptation resisting temptation--
Not a sinful thought, not a sinful word, not a sinful act--
Then concluded that sinless life and took up the cross

Embraced the cross
Embraced the Father's will that there would be death
Embraced the Spirit in trusting that there would be a resurrection