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Advent Sermons of Saint Augustine: the Son Became Man

In our second look this Advent at sermons of Saint Augustine, we read in matchless prose what it meant for the Son to become Man:

 

 

In the bosom of His Father, He existed before all the cycles of ages; born of an earthly Mother, He entered upon the course of the years on this day. The Maker of man became Man that He, Ruler of the stars, might be nourished at the breast; that He, the Bread, might be hungry; that He, the Fountain, might thirst; that He, the Light, might sleep; that He, the Way, might be wearied by the journey; that He, the Truth, might be accused by false witnesses; that He, the Judge of the living and the dead, might be brought to trial by a mortal judge; that He, Justice, might be condemned by the unjust; that He, Discipline, might be scourged with whips; that He, the Grape, might be crowned with thorns; that He, the Foundation, might be suspended upon a cross; that Courage might be weakened; that Security might be wounded; that Life might die. To endure these and similar indignities for us, to free us, unworthy creatures, He who ‘existed as the Son of God before all ages, without a beginning, deigned to become the Son of Man in these recent years. He did this although He who submitted to such great evils for our sake had done no evil and although we, who were the recipients of so much good at His hands, had done nothing to merit these benefits. Begotten by the Father, He was not made by the Father; He was made Man in the Mother whom He Himself had made, so that He might exist here for a while, sprung from her who could never and nowhere have existed except through His power.

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Donald R. McClarey

Cradle Catholic. Active in the pro-life movement since 1973. Father of three and happily married for 35 years. Small town lawyer and amateur historian. Former president of the board of directors of the local crisis pregnancy center for a decade.

5 Comments

  1. Amazing Grace.

    No wonder that the songs of praise never cease at the heavenly thrones of Our Father and Our Redeemer. A love story is unfolding.
    The greatest love story ever to take place and we (humanity) are active participants in said story. God, may I be attentive to loving you from the depths of my heart by loving those whom you love. The downtrodden. The criminal. The forsaken. The deplorables.

    Douay-Rheims Bible – Rev. 4:8
    “And the four living creatures had each of them six wings; and round about and within they are full of eyes. And they rested not day and night, saying: Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, who was, and who is, and who is to come.”

  2. Mary De Voe.

    Your welcome.
    As Donald mentioned, St. Augustine’s prose are matchless. His sermon sparked a prayer within me. A hope that I too can gaze in wonderment and thanksgiving of the author of Love. The Lamb who took upon my defilement and my disgrace and settled my account on a Friday afternoon many years ago. What a matchless King we have! No other King could come close to being worthy of admiration and adoration.
    Please keep me in your prayers. One Hail Mary that I will not disappoint Emmanuel by interfering with His plans, or choosing my will above His will in my life.
    I hope my life, my gift, is pleasing to Almighty God.

    I’ll say one Hail Mary for you and your intentions dear soul.
    Peace.

  3. For the children: Faith, hope and charity. One Ave for Philip already done. All souls are begotten in original innocence and conceived in concupiscence, except for Mary Who was begotten and conceived in original innocence by The Father for His Son, Jesus Christ, who desired to be among the sons of men from the creation of Adam and Eve before original sin. Christ kept his Word even after the sin of Adam and Eve. Christ kept His Word.
    Jesus Christ gave us His immaculate mother so that through her and in her and with her mankind may be redeemed by Jesus and returned to the Father.

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