Sunday, January 06, 2008

Meditation for January 7. The Word Incarnate

All was made by Him, in Him and for Him.

By Him. In the activity of the Trinity, the Three Persons cannot be separated. When we say that the Father creates, we understand by this the Three Divine Persons; when we say that the Holy Spirit sanctifies, we mean not only the Holy Spirit but the Blessed Trinity. (The Incarnation alone is proper to the Son.) Our Lord rightly declared, All power has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. (Matt. xxviii, 18.) All things were made by Him; and without Him was made nothing that was made, (John i, 3.)

I will contemplate this majestic power of the beloved Word.

In Him. As St. Paul says so magnificently at the beginning of his Epistle to the Ephesians, it is in Jesus Christ that all have been predestinated and willed. God did not conceive of us at first as mere man to be divinized later, nor divine life being lost, as man redivinized through Christ. No, from the very first He predesti­nated and willed us to be an integral part of Christ; we exist only because we have life in Him; without Him we are nothing.

I will thank the Word for having associated me so intimately with Himself, membrum de membro, a living part of Christ, portio Christi.

For Him. The Father has created all things and has divinized man solely for the honor of His Son. We are not the principal object of His effort, but we exist for the glorification of His Son. Everything exists for Him, all is for Him.

I will rejoice with the Word on thus being the center and the culminating point of the Father's eternal thought.
Adapted from Meditations for Religious
by Father Raoul Plus, S.J. (© 1939, Frederick Pustet Co.)

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