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January 20, 2013 - For Us And Our Salvation Homily

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Homily Preparation Notes

From the Catechism of the Catholic Church


456 With the Nicene Creed, we answer by confessing: "For us men and for our salvation he came down from heaven; by the power of the Holy Spirit, he became incarnate of the Virgin Mary, and was made man."

457 The Word became flesh for us in order to save us by reconciling us with God, who "loved us and sent his Son to be the expiation for our sins": "the Father has sent his Son as the Savior of the world", and "he was revealed to take away sins":70

Sick, our nature demanded to be healed; fallen, to be raised up; dead, to rise again. We had lost the possession of the good; it was necessary for it to be given back to us. Closed in the darkness, it was necessary to bring us the light; captives, we awaited a Savior; prisoners, help; slaves, a liberator. Are these things minor or insignificant? Did they not move God to descend to human nature and visit it, since humanity was in so miserable and unhappy a state?71

458 The Word became flesh so that thus we might know God's love: "In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him."72 "For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life."73

459 The Word became flesh to be our model of holiness: "Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me." "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but by me."74 On the mountain of the Transfiguration, the Father commands: "Listen to him!"75 Jesus is the model for the Beatitudes and the norm of the new law: "Love one another as I have loved you."76 This love implies an effective offering of oneself, after his example.77

460 The Word became flesh to make us "partakers of the divine nature":78 "For this is why the Word became man, and the Son of God became the Son of man: so that man, by entering into communion with the Word and thus receiving divine sonship, might become a son of God."79 "For the Son of God became man so that we might become God."80 "The only-begotten Son of God, wanting to make us sharers in his divinity, assumed our nature, so that he, made man, might make men gods."81

70 1 Jn 4:10; 4:14; 3:5.?

71 St. Gregory of Nyssa, Orat. catech 15: PG 45, 48B.?

72 1 Jn 4:9.?

73 Jn 3:16.?

74 Mt 11:29; Jn 14:6.?

75 Mk 9:7; cf. Dt 6:4-5.?

76 Jn 15:12.?

77 Cf. Mk 8:34.?

78 2 Pt 1:4.?

79 St. Irenaeus, Adv. haeres. 3, 19, 1: PG 7/1, 939.

?80 St. Athanasius, De inc. 54, 3: PG 25, 192B.

?81 St. Thomas Aquinas, Opusc. 57, 1-4.



Explain why He became man … from example to the source helping us from inside, by the power of the Holy Spirit… so we don't have to try to live the faith on our own… my own personal testimony… connected to the Wedding at Cana… answering the question why a man would fail to supply enough wind for his own wedding, especially in a day when he would know who is coming… ignorance/miscalculation? Stinginess? Didn't have the means by himself, and did not think to ask for help?… all of this applied to the spiritual life, appropriating the life of Jesus Christ become incarnate for us… his becoming man for us makes no difference, if we do not actually appropriate it....

The Father has ordained a structure, by means of the wedding of the Son with all of humanity... consumated on Calvary... to provide divine life... with Mary at the Son's side praying for humanity.... so humanity can know the joy of the divine life....

Tie #4, so we might partake of the divine nature... to living the joy/charity of life in the Holy Spirit....

Mary as the New Eve... asking Him to pour out divine wine of His glory.... to undo the asking of the first Eve that Adam eat the forbidden fruit....

St. Bernard, speaking about the mystical marriage all of the soul with God says, “Here the wine sometimes fails, that is, the grace of devotion and the fervor of charity. How often it is necessary for me, brethren, after your tearful complaints, to beg the Mother of Mercy that she might tell Her most gracious Son that you have no wine? And I tell you, dearest brethren, if you call upon her and knock gently, she will not abandon us in our need, for she is merciful and the Mother of Mercy.”

John 10:10 “I came that they might have life and have it abundantly.”


Iustus germinabit sicut lilium: et florebit in aeternum ante Dominum.
-- Gospel Acclamation, Solemnity of St. Joseph, March 19

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