Archive for August, 2012

On The Incarnation Part 3… Soteriological – As an Example

August 8, 2012

In the previous part of this discussion, we reflected on the self-emptying of Christ.  St. Paul asks that his readers imitate that self-emptying.  The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches that one of the reasons for the Incarnation of the Word is: (more…)

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On The Incarnation Part 2… Soteriological – Lift Up Our Nature

August 8, 2012

The Incarnation took place in the plan of God for the emancipation of our human race from slavery to sin.  It must be looked at in a soteriological context, and as such its links to the Crucifixion/Resurrection must be acknowledged.  The events of Easter were in God’s plan even as the Incarnation happened. Peter emphasizes this when addressing the gathered crowd regarding the Messiah death and resurrection (Acts 2:22-24): (more…)

On The Incarnation Part 1… From the Church of the East Fathers.

August 6, 2012

Thanksgiving Hymn of Mar Narsai:

The great love which the Lover of our race showed us is indescribable:
For from our race, he made a Mediator, and he reconciled the world with his Majesty.
It is a thing too great for us and all creatures;
it is a new thing he has done for our humanity:
that he has made our body a holy temple, in which he fulfills the worship of all.
Come, O earthly and heavenly, wonder and marvel at the greatness of our station:
for our race has reached the great height of incomprehensible Divinity!
Heaven and earth and all therein give thanks to the Magnifier of our race,
For he renewed our image and wiped away our iniquity,
called us in his Name and made all things subject to us. (more…)