A Meditation by a Bishop from Christmas Past

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Christmas celebrates the face that God himself broke in to human history in order to restore a fallen humanity and a broken world. I offer the following passage from On the Incarnation by Athanasius, the fourth-century bishop of Alexandria, as a Christmas meditation.

For this purpose, then, the incorporeal and incorruptible and immaterial Word of God entered our world. In one sense, indeed, He was not far from it before, for no part of creation had ever been without Him Who, while ever abiding in union with the Father, yet fills all things that are. But now He entered the world in a new way, stooping to our level in His love and Self-revealing to us. He saw the reasonable race, the race of men that, like Himself, expressed the Father’s Mind, wasting out of existence, and death reigning over all in corruption. Continue reading