August 21, 2019

God with US by St Ambrose

Behold a virgin shall be with child, and bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us (Mt1:23)

AND THOU, BETHLEHEM Ephrata, art a little one among the thousands of Juda: out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be the ruler in Israel: and his going forth is from the beginning, from the days of eternity. Therefore will he give them up even till the time wherein she that travail shall bring forth: and the remnant of his brethren shall be converted to the children of Israel. And he shall stand, and feed in the strength of the Lord, in the height of the name of the Lord his God: and they shall be converted, for now shall he be magnified even to the ends of the earth. (Micah5:2-4). Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign. Behold a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and his name shall be called Emmanuel. He shall eat butter and honey, that he may know to refuse the evil, and to choose the good. For before the child know to refuse the evil, and to choose the good, the land which thou abhor shall be forsaken of the face of her two kings. (Is7:14-16)

We   read and believe many things in light of the Incarnation. But even in our human feelings, we can observe God’s greatness. For example, Jesus is wearied by His journey so that He an refresh the weary. He desires a drink when He is about to give spiritual water to the to the thirsty. He was hungry when He was about to supply the food of salvation to the hungry. He dies to live again, He is buried to rise again. He hangs on the dreadful cross to strengthen those in dread. He veils the heaven with thick darkness so that He can give light. He makes the earth shake so that He may maker it strong. He rouses the sea so that He may calm it. He opens the tombs of the dead so that He can show that they are the homes of the living. HE is born a Virgin so that people can believe. He is born of God. He pretends not to know so that He can make the ignorant know. As a Jew He is said to worship so that the Son may be worshiped as the true God. St. Ambrose, Doctor – 340-397 Bishop of Milan 374-397

St Ambrose commentary: Augustine: Bishop Ambrose responsible for Augustine’s conversion. Both Doctors of the Church.

His piety, sound judgment, and genuine Catholic instinct preserved him from error, and his fame as an eloquent expounder of Catholic doctrine soon reached the ends of the earth. His power as an orator is attested not only by the repeated eulogies, but yet more by the conversion of the skilled rhetorician Augustine. His style is that of a man who is concerned with thoughts rather than words. We cannot imagine him wasting time in turning an elegant phrase. “He was one of those”, says St Augustine, “who speak the truth, and speak it well, judiciously, pointedly, and with beauty and power of expression” (Christian Doctrine IV.21)

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