Thought of the Day April 9, 2018 The Incarnation

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“He took the nature of a servant without stain of sin, enlarging our humanity without diminishing his divinity. He emptied himself; though invisible he made himself visible, though Creator and Lord of all things he chose to be one of us mortal men. Yet this was the condescension of compassion, not the loss of omnipotence. So he who in the nature of God had created man, became in the nature of a servant, man himself. “He was born in a new condition, for, invisible in his own nature, he became visible in ours. Beyond our grasp, he chose to come within our grasp. Existing before time began, he began to exist at a moment in time. Lord of the universe, he hid his infinite glory and took the nature of a servant. Incapable of suffering as God, he did not refuse to be a man, capable of suffering. Immortal, he chose to be subject to the laws of death.” (Pope Leo the Great) As we reflect on the mystery of the Incarnation—God becoming Man—we witness the marvelous plan of God out of love for us. Jesus becomes less without being less as God. The key to this mystery, which is received in faith, is the gratuitous love of God for us. Our only response can be love and thanksgiving in return.

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