Jesus is Divine, he is God, he is the Word made flesh, the Word Incarnate. Jesus is truly God and truly Man...
Date: 19 Jan 2020
Jesus is God made man. The Catholic faith is not based on a book, not even on the bible, it is not based on a philosophy, or a method of life or a set of rules, it is based on a person. At the heart of our faith is the person of Jesus in whom God’s eternal plan is fulfilled. The names and the titles of Jesus reveal the truth we proclaim.
The name Jesus means ‘God saves’, Christ which means the anointed one or the messiah indicates that Jesus is the one promised by the prophets and comes to save God’s people. The title Lord is a translation of the name used in the Old Testament for God and using it to address Jesus indicates that he is God. It is St. Thomas who says to Jesus ‘My Lord and my God’.The title Son of God applied to Jesus by St. Peter, by God the Father at Jesus’ baptism and at the Transfiguration, and by used by Jesus himself will be revealed in its full meaning in Jesus’ passion and death and in his risen, glorified, humanity.
We spoke last week about that original sin, that first sin of our first parents, which destroyed the friendship between God and Man, created division between people and damaged God’s creation in particular our human nature. We creatures cannot repair creation which is God's work, we cannot repair our damaged human nature we cannot simply make friends with God again as if nothing happened. God himself must take the initiative, and God himself must repair the damage, make amends and teach us how to live. Thus the Son of God becomes Man to repair our human nature, to reconcile us to God and to reveal God’s love; to show the way to God and to enable us to share in the divine life.
Jesus is Divine, he is God, he is the Word made flesh, the Word Incarnate. Jesus is truly God and truly Man. In safeguarding and speaking of this truth the Church has used the same useful (albeit inadequate) concepts of person and nature we used a few weeks ago when we spoke of the Blessed Trinity. Person is the answer to the question ‘Who is it?’ Nature the answer to the question ‘What is it?’ I can cry and laugh and love and die because I have a human nature, my human nature makes these things possible. But who cries, laughs, love and dies? Father Ian Farrell. The Nature makes it possible the person does it. There is one Person, God the Son, a Divine Person like God the Father and God the Holy Spirit, all of whom possess the one divine nature, they are each of them, the one God. But God the Son in the womb of Mary unites a human nature to his divine nature. The one divine person, Jesus, possesses two natures Human and Divine. In his human nature Jesus can do all that goes with having a human nature; He can cry, get hungry, sleep, pray, chose to love, even die, because those things are part of human nature. However, it is Jesus the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity who does these things. Like us Jesus’ human knowledge grew and developed as did his body. At the same time the one knowing is Divine and knows the Father and his will fully. Again, like love, which is what it is, it is difficult to explain in words alone but devotion to the Sacred heart is a useful and powerful symbol of this mystery of love. Jesus loves each of us with a human heart, with all that goes with it, joy, sorrow, pain, anxiety, truly human love we can understand and respond to - but the one who loves us like this is God and as God he knows and loves each one of us individually – nothing is hidden from him and because of his human heart, he who is God rejoices or weeps accordingly.
Having begun to ponder this mystery of the incarnation, of God becoming man, we have to turn next week to ponder the mother of the one who is God.