Tuesday, November 29, 2011

The Presence of God in the Soul of Christ

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Today's Mass Readings

In the collect today we pray:
That, consoled by the presence of your Son whose coming we now await, we may be tainted no longer by the corruption of former ways.
The divine Presence of Jesus Christ is a great balm, light, and medicine.  Since the moment of his Incarnation, the Most Holy Trinity has been made accessible through the soul of Christ, which is hypostatically united both with the Most Holy Trinity, and also with human nature, and even with each person,
"For by His incarnation the Son of God has united Himself in some fashion with every man" (Vatican II Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World, 22).
In the readings we can see this, the work of the Most Holy Trinity.  The prophet Isaiah shows us that the Holy Spirit rests upon Christ's humanity, particularly his soul, in the form of his seven gifts.  In the Gospel we see that the human soul of Christ gives us the Fatherhood of God, knowledge and filiation of God as Abba Father.  United to the humanity of Christ the effects are quite marvelous, as the first readings shows, that the poison and disorder of sin has been redeemed.  This is illustrated in these juxtaposed images of a baby placing his hand on the cobra's den, the lion eating hay, and the like.

Yet all of this happened where?  In the womb of Mary, where we find the Church in this holy season of Advent.  Through Our Lady's intercession, may we come to know and practice the presence of Jesus Christ, that he may bring us into the fullness of the trinitarian communion.

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