Monday, December 20, 2010

This makes me think... incarnationally

The truth is 
that only in the mystery
of the incarnate Word
does the mystery of man take on light.

For Adam, the first man,
was a figure of Him Who was to come,
namely Christ the Lord.

Christ, the final Adam,
by the revelation of the mystery of the Father and His love,
fully reveals man to man himself 
and makes his supreme calling clear.
It is not surprising, then, that in Him
all the aforementioned truths
find their root and attain their crown.

He Who is "the image of the invisible God" (Col. 1:15),
is Himself the perfect man. 

To the sons of Adam 
He restores the divine likeness 
which had been disfigured from the first sin onward.
Since human nature as He assumed it was not annulled,
by that very fact
it has been raised up
to a divine dignity in our respect too.

For by His incarnation 
the Son of God has united Himself 
in some fashion 

He worked with human hands,
                       He thought with a human mind,
                                    acted by human choice and
                                             loved with a human heart

Born of the Virgin Mary,
He has truly been made one of us, 
like us 
in all things except sin.

--Gaudium et Spes, par. 22, from the Documents of Vatican II.

(Um, emphasis and crazy poetic form mine.)

1 comment:

  1. Nicely done. If you teach me scripture like this I think I'll get it. :-)


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