Advent IV

A rather better reflection on today’s texts than my poor effort!

All Along the Watchtower

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Matthew 1:18-24

Chrysostom advises us against speculating beyond what is in the text; we cannot know the manner of the incarnation; what was done was done by the power of the Spirit and for the Evangelist – and for us – that is sufficient How could the Infinite be confined to the womb of a woman? How could the maker of all be carried as yet unborn by mortal woman? How could the Virgin continue to be a Virgin? The one who can explain how the Spirit designed the temple of his body might do so; but for mortal flesh, silence in the face of the miracle is fitting.

Chromatius reminds us that the Gospel writers unfold to us different aspects of the mystery of the Incarnation: Luke tells us Mary’s story of the annunciation; Matthew and Luke begin their narratives with the corporeal birth; John addresses the issue…

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