For God so Loved the World
Date posted: December 17, 2014
Our theology gives many reasons that the Word became flesh. However, I don’t think that any of them are reason enough for the Incarnation (with the exception of what we will discuss Friday). Very simply, the reason for the Incarnation was to save us. In so doing, there are some other things that happen, or advantages.
Today, we will look at the fact that the Incarnation manifests God’s love. Really, at this point words are not adequate. Think for just a moment…we had fallen by our disobedience and lack of love. God loved us so much that he chose to descend heaven and take on the form of one of his creatures so that he could save us. And, we try to split hairs about going to Mass on Sundays, or holy days of obligation, or whether certain actions are sinful or not (and of course if they are mortally sinful). What about love? It sure seems to me that ultimately, if we understand the Incarnation, we should seek to do the most loving act at all times and stop being minimalists.
In John 3:16 we read, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life.” In an interesting “coincidence” there is another book written by St. John that has a 3:16 as well (his 3 letters are less than a chapter each). But, in the book of Revelation 3:16, which was written by John, we read this, “So, because you are lukewarm, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.”
A half-hearted response to the Incarnation (and the ensuing passion) is unacceptable. The Divine Logos gave everything out of love; how can we offer anything less than everything. And, here’s the strange twist; when you give everything, you gain so much more.
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