Pope Benedict XVI, in the General Audience speech of Dec. 19, 2017 said: “In Bethlehem, the Light which brightens our lives was manifested to the world; the way that leads us to the fullness of our humanity was revealed to us. If people do not recognize that God was made man, what is the point of celebrating Christmas? The celebration becomes empty.” Hence, the question above: Why did the Son of God become man?
- St Augustine asks: Why did the Lord come, if not to show his love for us? His is a Father’s love, for God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law …so that we might receive adoption as sons.
- St John Chrysostom portrays him as saying to us: I ask no payment at all for what I am giving you. I would rather be in debt to you, because you will put me in your debt by taking everything I have to offer. To what can this honour be compared? I am your father, brother, spouse, home, food, clothing; I am your root and foundation. I am everything your heart desires. Do not think you lack anything. I will even be your servant: “I have come to serve and not to be served.” I am your friend, your member and head, your brother, sister and mother. I am all things; all I desire is the intimacy of your love. Look at me, impoverished for you, a beggar for you, crucified for you, buried for you. In heaven I stand in God’s presence on your behalf. On earth I am his envoy to you. And you are everything to me: my brother and co-heir, my friend and member. What more could you want?
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