The Word was made Flesh

Friends in the Lord, today we read this magnificent beginning of the gospel of St. John. ‘In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
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‘In the beginning was the Word.’ Here we see that the Son of God is called the ‘Word,’ capital W. He is the Word, as if spoken by the Father. This teaches us that the Son is Divine, co-equal with the Father, consubstantial with the Father as we say in the Creed.
And then we read: ‘The Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us.’ The Eternal Son of God has taken on our human nature, he has united himself to humanity. St. Paul says, ‘Though he was by nature God, he emptied himself, taking the nature of a slave.’ Its because of this marvelous mystery, that Mother Church urges us to say the Angelus each day, preferably at Noon. The Angelus reminds us of this mystery, that God became Man, and that he is living with us, in us.
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And so we can speak of the Hypostatic Union. The union in Jesus Christ of two natures, human and divine, in one Person:      Jesus is not a human person plus a divine person, but rather one Divine Person, uniting in himself, heaven and earth.
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Now, knowing this about our Savior, that he is one Person, in two natures, what does this mean for us? Well, Jesus was not just ‘one man who lived long ago.’ It is different than that. It is more. – because there is the ‘Whole Christ.’   The Whole Christ must include his entire Mystical Body. The Church, the Christian people, are called ‘The Mystical Body of Christ.’
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The Lord truly continues to live in us, to dwell in us. We do not live and act, and think and pray, or suffer, alone. Never. For Christ is in and with us, he has joined himself to us. This is the beautiful mystery of Christmas, and it is summed up for us each time we pray the Angelus.

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