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<< Thursday, March 25, 1999 >> The Annunciation
 
Isaiah 7:10-14
Hebrews 10:4-10

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Psalm 40
Luke 1:26-38

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THE INCONCEIVABLE CONCEPTION

 
"A body You have prepared for Me." —Hebrews 10:5
 

Jesus is the eternal God. Before His Incarnation, He was Spirit (see Jn 4:24) and therefore invisible. To experience through our senses the full glory of the all-holy God would probably have been more than we could bear (see Ex 33:20). Therefore, we would more likely see only "the vision of the likeness of the glory of the Lord" (Ez 1:28). This caused Ezekiel to fall on his face (Ez 2:1). Such an experience of God's presence — even several times removed — would probably knock us out or even kill us. For example, at the end of the world, Jesus will annihilate the mighty Antichrist "by manifesting His own presence" (2 Thes 2:8). It is impossible for us to understand and express even remotely how awesome is Jesus, our God.

This makes it all the more shocking that God became man (see Jn 1:14). To see God with a human body is more shocking than seeing your spouse as a termite, cockroach, or some other bug. Even beholding Jesus' glorified, risen body is shocking. It should be impossible for us to ever get used to seeing God as a human being.

Why the Incarnation? The mystery of love! Why the Incarnation? Extreme humility! Respond to the mystery of the Incarnation by living a radically new life of total love for Jesus, the God-Man.

 
Prayer: Jesus, You emptied Yourself for love of me (see Phil 2:7). I now decide to let You empty me of sin, pride, and selfishness.
Promise: "The Holy Spirit will come upon you and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; hence, the holy Offspring to be born will be called Son of God." —Lk 1:35
Praise: Praise Jesus, the God-Man! Praise Jesus, the Word made flesh! (Jn 1:14)
 
 
 
Nihil obstat: Reverend Robert L. Hagedorn, July 23, 1998
Imprimatur: †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, July 27, 1998
 
The Nihil obstat and Imprimatur are a declaration that a book or pamphlet is considered to be free from doctrinal or moral error. It is not implied that those who have granted the Nihil obstat and Imprimatur agree with the contents, opinions, or statements expressed.
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