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The Word Was Made Flesh

The Word was Made Flesh

Presence of God: O Jesus, eternal Word, permit me to penetrate more deeply into the sublime mystery of Your Incarnation, so that my heart may always be held captive by Your infinite love.

Meditation: The Word is the second Person of the Blessed Trinity. In the bosom of the one divine nature, there are three Persons, three subsistent Incarnation Piero_di_Cosimo_057 Wikimedia for post on the Word made fleshrelations. We too, are “subsistent”: “subsistence” is that which permits me to say “I” and to attribute to this “I” the various acts that I perform as a person. In God, in the divine nature, there are three relations who can say “I” in regard to the divine operations, operations which are common to all three, because they proceed from the one single nature, possessed by all and each one of the three divine Persons. The Word possesses the same divine nature as the Father and the Holy Spirit; He possesses the same attributes, such as infinity, eternity, omnipotence, omniscience- all the divine grandeur and perfections belong to the Word as well as to the other two Persons. The Word performs the same divine actions as the Father and the Holy Spirit: the intimate actions of knowledge and love which constitute the very life of the Blessed Trinity, and the external acts such as creation and preservation of creatures. The Word is God! St. John the Evangelist, in the beginning of his Gospel, before speaking of the temporal birth of Jesus, presents to us the eternal generation of the Word, existing ab eterno (from all eternity), in the bosom of the Father, equal to the Father in all things, but distinct from Him. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (Jn 1:1). The Word is the one utterance of the Father- He expresses the Father completely. The Father, in giving the Word His whole essence and divine nature, also communicates to Him all the divine activity. Thus the Word is the efficient cause, the first principle of all natural and supernatural life: “All things were made by Him, and without Him was made nothing that was made” (ibid. 1:3). But the Word, the splendor of the Father, is not only life; He is also light, the light which reveals the greatness and mystery of God to men: “In Him was life, and the life was the light of men” (ibid. 1:4). Natural life and the life of grace, light and knowledge of God- all come from the Word, who is God, together with the Father and the Holy Spirit.

Colloquy:

“O eternal Word! O my Savior! Thou art the divine eagle whom I love and who allurest me. Thou who, descending to this land of exile, didst will to suffer and to die, in order to bear away each single soul and plunge it into the very heart of the Blessed Trinity- Love's eternal Home! Thou who, returning to Thy realm of light, dost still remain hidden here in our vale of tears under the appearance of the white Host, to nourish me with Thy own substance. Forgive me, O Jesus, if I tell Thee that Thy love reacheth even unto folly, and at the sight of such folly what wilt Thou but that my own heart should leap up to Thee? How could there by any limit to my trust?

“I know well that for Thy sake the saints have made themselves foolish–being “eagles” they have done great things. Too little for such mighty deeds, my folly lies in the hope that Thy love accepts me as a victim, and in my confidence that the angels and saints will help me to fly unto thee with Thy own wings, O my divine Eagle! As long as Thou willest I shall remain with my faze fixed upon Thee, for I long to be fascinated by Thy divine eyes, I long to become Love's prey” (St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus, Story of a Soul, 13).

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Art for this post on The Word was Made Flesh: Incarnation of Jesus, Piero di Cosimo, circa 1505, PD-Worldwide, Wikimedia Commons; Father Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalen, mirror from open source material.

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Ariel is a graduate student pursuing a master's degree in vocal performance and opera. She is a fervent Catholic who enjoys all that is artistic and beautiful; she also has her own photography business, Song of Songs Photography. www.songofsongsphotography.com

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  • LizEst

    “…and we saw his glory, the glory as of the Father’s only Son, full of grace and truth.” (John 1: 14c-e)

    • KAACD

      Beautiful and so full of love

  • LizEst

    Blessed and Merry Christmas to everyone here and their families, friends, associates and neighbors! You are in my prayers.

    O Holy Night (sung by Josh Groban):
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Zh-yR0pbmU

    • Marg

      A blessed and Merry
      christmas to you Liz! thank you for posting a heart felt “O Holy Night” Very moving to the soul! God bless you

  • CLudwick

    Merry Christmas to all! May God open our hearts and our minds and our souls to His great love and mercy as we celebrate His coming in His Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ.

  • Merry Christmas to all.
    “______and the word was made flesh and dwelt among us” What an awesome mystery!

  • LizEst

    Feliz Navidad! Joyeux Noël! Froehliche Weihnachten! Shub Naya Baras! Subho baradin! Buone Feste Natalizie! Wesołych świąt bożego Narodzenia! Boas Festas! God Jul! Mele Kalikimaka! Selamat Natal! Heri la Krismasi! Noheli nziza! Maligayang Pasko! Mừng Chúa Giáng Sinh! Sretan Božić! с Рождеством Христовым UKhisimusi omuhle! Feliz Natal! Noheli nziza!
    ×—×’ מולד שמח (hag molad saméa’h) merii kurisumasu 즐거운 크리쓰마쓰 Felix dies Nativitatis! 圣诞快乐 (shèng dàn kuài lè)  (miilaad majiid) ميلاد مجيد

    • Maligayang Pasko! 😀

      • LizEst

        Maligayang Pasko!

  • And to imagine that this Awesome, Loving, and oh so Merciful God became one of us to die such a horrible, cruel death for a wretched sinner like me……”Oh Jesus, Son of the Living God, have mercy on me a Sinner”.

  • judeen

    the trinity… 1 God but different jobs… Jesus is the only mediatior to God the Father where all blessings flow… Jesus will ask the Father to send the HOly SPIRIT to you… so on… the mass is said with the Power of the HOLY SPIRIT with the passion or OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST to God the FATHER …. for us… … all offered to God the Father through the mercy of JESUS and His forgiveness of our sins so we can offer this HOly Sacrifice to the Father. how powerful.. yet they are all 1 God..  something to think about.. much scripture in this

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