August 22, 2019

The Word made Flesh, St Augustine, Annunciation

And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we saw his glory, the glory as it were of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” (Jn1:14)

The Word was made flesh so that the wisdom of God could come within the reach of human beings. For his Word – the expression of the whole Truth about God. – is far beyond our comprehension. No creature can fully understand his Creator. But the Word, the Son of God, put on a humble, human form, so that infinite truth could be seen in finite terms.

He humbled himself’, coming down to the lowest human level. Those who will join him there — denying themselves, taking the low place – will be raised up with Him to the heights of Heaven.

It is not easy for man to stoop so low, or to abandon his self-confidence. But when he sees the divine Son lying, as it were, at his feet, wrapped in the clothes of human poverty, then his heart may be moved and his pride cured. And when we grow weary of trying to prove ourselves, we may be ready to cast ourselves upon Him.

Host Monstrance Divine Mercy Eucharist

From the Priest’s “Word” made Flesh 

When we do, he who came down to where we are raises us to where he is. (St. Augustine, Doctor of Grace)

St. Augustine, Doctor & Bishop of Hippo, Egypt

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