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Transcript of The Incarnation
Reasons for the Incarnation
1. To reconcile man with God
2. To show God's great love for us
3. To offer us a model of holiness
4. To make us partakers in the divine life
What is the Incarnation?
Incarnation: When the Second Person of the Trinity, God the Son, takes on a human nature to become like one of us in all things but sin.
God loves the pinnacle of His Creation so much that He took on their nature to suffer and die on the Cross. Through His suffering, death and resurrection, Christ merited for every person a share in His life and the attainment of Everlasting Life.
To Reconcile Man with God
To Show God's Great Love
To Offer A Model of Holiness
To Make Us Partakers in the Divine Life
-Original Sin is infinitely serious since it offended the infinite dignity of God
-Because the seriousness of sin is infinite, reparation could not have been made by any finite being (by anyone less than the infinite God).
-The only sacrifice capable of reconciling man to God would have to be one of infinite value
-Since man brought sin into the world, justice demands a man should offer the atonement for sins. This person would have to be both God and man.
"Every person has the capacity to commit an infinitely evil offense, but not even the holiest person has the ability to offer an infinitely worthy sacrifice. Only God can do this through a human nature, so He became man to reconcile people with Himself by making expiation for sins. He did this not only by His Passion and Death, but also by everything He did during His time on earth."
-In His physical sufferings, Jesus says "I love you" in a way words never can
-This radical love was displayed most especially by His Passion and Death on the Cross
-The quality of love is determined by how much a person is willing to
for his or her beloved
-Through His suffering and sacrifice, He shows just how much the pinnacle of His Creation is worth to Him.
-Christ gave us an example of how, with grace, a person can overcome the temptations of the world, the devil and the flesh
-The life & words of Christ are an inexhaustible source of inspiration for every human being
-Life and words of Christ are not meant to simply be studied, but to be
Christ's Passion teaches us:
>Charity: Reason behind Christ's suffering was His tremendous love. He wants to bring all people to eternal life.
>Humility: Christ endured mockery, humiliating abuse, and a shameful death.
>Obedience: Christ was completely obedient to God's plan despite the unbearable pain it caused Him. He sacrificed His own will for this.
>Prayer: Throughout the whole terrible ordeal, Jesus was completely immersed in prayer. Through word & example, He taught that prayer is at the heart of discipleship and is necessary to obtain the strength to imitate Christ in His sufferings.
-Sharing in the life of God is made possible by the sanctifying graces Christ obtained through His redemption
: grace that makes us holy; a permanent disposition to live & act in keeping with God's call
: Specific interventions by God
-A person cannot become Christlike by his/her effort alone, but only through the transforming grace won by Christ's redemption, primarily received through the 7 Sacraments
-Becoming partakers in the Divine Nature does not mean we BECOME God (omniscient, omnipotent, etc.), rather the power of grace transforms us into adopted children of God in union with Jesus Christ (God is Our Father)
-"The seed of Christ's life, which was planted at Baptism, is meant to grow to maturity through deeds of faith inspired by charity. The more one follows Christ through prayer, union with the Cross, deeds of charity, and the like, the more Christlike he or she becomes."