In this lesson, as we near the end of the Advent journey, we focus on the mystery of the Incarnation using Padre Pio as our guide and by reading the Scriptures, The Church's Year, and Dom Gueranger's reflections for this final week before Christmas.
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Our Lord Jesus Christ became incarnate of the Virgin Mary, Mother of God, in order to purchase our redemption at the price of His own blood. As affirmed by Pope St. Pius X, our Divine Lord always was conscious of His divinity. During this holy time of year, let us frequently rejoice in the joy of the Lord. Truly contemplate the miraculous birth — God has become man! "God became a man for this purpose: since you, a human being, could not reach God, but you can reach other humans, you might now reach God through a man. And so the man Christ Jesus became the mediator of God and human beings. God became a man so that following a man — something you are able to do — you might reach God, which was formerly impossible to you" (St Augustine's Commentary on Psalm 134, 5). With these thoughts in mind, we read the following holy words.
"Stay very close to the crib of this most beautiful Child, especially during these days of His birth. If you love riches, here you will find the gold the Kings left Him. If you love the smoke of honors, here you will find that of incense. And if you love the delicacy of the senses, you will smell the perfumed myrrh which perfumes the entire Holy stable" (St. Padre Pio).
Let us read a reflection now by Fr. Emily:
Isn’t this picture of the Holy Capuchin Priest striking as realistic and beautiful as he presents the Divine Infant for our veneration? What strength on the one hand and what gentleness on the other! What a contrast between the manly face which is a little rough of the courageous son of Saint Francis and that of the little King of hearts! What a difference between these two right hands that we see: this tiny one which is tendered graciously towards us, and that adult and imposing one which hides its wound and its terrible sufferings under the black mitten and the lace of his alb! On the one hand the strength of a male athlete whose life is but a perpetual and dolorous immolation for God and souls, a fierce combat against sins and the demon (Bluebeard, as he calls him) and the on the other hand, the sweetness and abandon of a peaceful Baby.
But if one penetrates even further in the contemplation of this picture and thinks of Christmas Night, one perceives how goodness and sweetness is also found in the celebrated stigmatist. Loaded with such a noble burden, how lightly he walks, how his heart must be entirely enflamed at the touch of Jesus, so precious and amiable. And faith makes us see in this little Infant of Christmas the Strong God, The Lord of Hosts, Who begins His g... Please purchase this lesson to continue learning.
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