The Aim of the Incarnation

The Aim of the Incarnation

“I would wish to speak about a more subtle and profound topic to the best of my ability. Wherefore, listen attentively to me. The infinite,  inaccessible and uncreated God has assumed a body, and  on account of  His immense and ineffable kindness,  if I may say it,  He diminished Himself,  lessening His inaccessible glory so as  to be able  to be united with His  creatures, so they  can be made participators of divine life [2 Peter 1:4]. God who transcends all limitations and far exceeds the grasp of our  human understanding, through His goodness has diminished   Himself and has   taken the members   of our human   body which He surrounded with  inaccessible glory. And  through His  compassion and love  for mankind, taking upon  Himself a  body,   He mingles  Himself and becomes   “one spirit” [1  Corinthians 6:17]  with  them, according  to Paul’s  statement.  He becomes a soul, if I may so say it, in a soul, substance in substance so that the soul may live in God, and sense the immortal life and become a participator in eternal glory.”

— St Macarius the Great (Homily 4, 9-10)

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