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The Word Becomes Flesh

March 26, 2012

As we prepare to walk with Our Lord toward Calvary, this reflection from Saint Leo the Great for the Feast of the Annunciation helps us to understand what it means that God became man and willingly took on our sinfulness to offer us salvation.

He took on the nature of a servant without stain of sin, enlarging our humanity without diminishing his divinity. He emptied himself; though invisible he made himself visible, though Creator and Lord of all things he chose to be one of us mortal men. Yet this was the condescension of compassion, no the loss of omnipotence. So he who in the nature of God had created man, became in the nature of a servant, man himself….He who is true God is also true man. There is no falsehood in this unity as long as the lowliness of  man and the preeminence of God coexist in mutual relationship. (Epistle 28 ad Flavianum).

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  1. Peter Wolczuk says:

    Thank you for this Susan. So well and simply stated that it needs only be brief.
    An excellent opportunity to share my Easter poem for this year for any and all who may choose to use it if they make their own cards;
    Oh to God the Word Who became God the Son
    Who walked among many and humbly washed disciples’ feet
    Giving Yourself for us and lying in Your tomb
    Then, on Easter Sunday, rose with a New Covenant we could greet
    Thank you for the room
    You have for each of us in Your heart
    So that all of us can be one with You
    And, freed from loneliness, no longer stand apart.
    I guess I can add previous ones for those who haven’t seen them and who’d like more choices;
    When the sun arose
    To the sky on Easter Morning
    The empty tomb gave notice
    Of a new day aborning
    That was proclaimed across the land
    Spreading from nation to nation
    Letting us know the good news
    Of God’s love and salvation.

    When Easter Time comes in the Spring
    The flowers sprout and the birds will sing
    As so much new life bursts around us
    We recall when renewed life made a great fuss
    A long while ago in a time of Salvation
    That fulfilled a plan made in early Creation
    When our ransom was paid by the Son, God the Word
    In the days when His message of Love was first heard.

    Genesis 22:1-18 John 19:17

    In obedience to his father
    The son carried the wood on his shoulder
    As he climbed up the side of the mountain
    Where there was many a rock and a boulder
    “Where is the lamb?” asked the son
    “The lamb for the sacrifice?”
    For grain or oil wouldn’t be enough
    Only a lamb would suffice
    “God will provide the lamb.” said the father
    As he prepared the one whom he’d waited for
    The son he was promised in his youth
    Then had waited many decades & more
    Until, with his knife poised over the alter
    He was stopped when ready to offer his “lamb”
    Then he sacrificed a sheep with horn in bush
    But the sheep was not a lamb but a ram.
    For centuries the question hovered unanswered
    As empires were built and then fell
    While the people went to Egypt and to Babylon
    And were returned, ’twas a great tale to tell
    Until a humble King was born in a stable
    And slept His first night in a manger in hay
    While His Father’s servants filled the sky
    In honour of that great special day
    Then the Father’s Son went to River Jordan
    Where many were baptized by a man whose food was quite odd
    A man who answered that age old question
    “There is the Lamb of God!”
    So the Lamb spent several years teaching
    To many a faithful beholder
    Until He climbed up the side of the mountain
    Where there was many a rock and a boulder
    So that, in obedience to His Father
    The Son carried the wood on His shoulder.

    Note; I realize that this poem doesn’t carry on to
    the third day but, as many are fond of saying, “The
    rest is history.”

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