Tuesday, July 30, 2013

The shock of the Incarnation

Once in a while it's good to let the mysteries of the faith shock us a little.
Last night I happened to read something about the Incarnation in St. Thomas, where he speaks about whether it was fitting for God to become man.
One short sentence suddenly jumped off the page and left me shocked:

"It was fitting that God, by reason of his infinite goodness, should unite it [human flesh] to himself for man's salvation."

Yes, in Jesus Christ, God united human flesh to himself. This is something we're taught as Catholics from our childhood. And it's easy to get used to it and forget how astounding it truly is.

All I could do was go to chapel and sit there for a while, just letting it sink in. And then pray.


Alan Aversa said...

I've always been fascinated by the usage of the word "flesh" in the New Testament because its meaning ranges from good to bad, much like the word "world."

For example:
Married couples become two in one flesh. (a good)
Marrieds have "tribulation of the flesh." (an evil)
The flesh rebelled against St. Paul. (an evil)
The 2nd Person of the Holy Trinity became flesh. (a good)

Sr. Marianne Lorraine Trouve said...

Thanks, Alan, for that observation. I just checked a lexicon and "sarx" does have a wide variety of meanings. The lexicon also said it's used 147 times in the New Testament, so it's quite a popular word. Greek is a very rich language.