Friday, December 20, 2013

A Voice from the Past - Leo the Great

Therefore, when the time came, dearly beloved, which had been fore-ordained for men's redemption, there enters these lower parts of the world, the Son of GOD, descending from His heavenly throne and yet not quitting the Father's glory, begotten in a new order, by a new nativity. In a new order, because being invisible in His own nature He became visible in ours, and He whom nothing could contain, was content to be contained: abiding before before all time He began to be in time: the LORD of all things, He obscured His immeasurable majesty and took on Him the form of a servant: being GOD, that cannot suffer, He did not disdain to be man that can, and immortal as He is, to subject Himself to the laws of death.

Leo the Great, 400-460 AD, Sermon XXII, On the Feast of the Nativity, II, II (The Letters and Sermons of Leo the Great, translated by Rev. Charles Lett Feltoe, Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers, Second Series, Vol. XII, Philip Schaff and Henry Wace, T & T Clark and Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishers, 1997, p. 130)

How can we maintain the wonder of God becoming a man? How can we prevent it from becoming just a piece of routine knowledge?

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