Believing in the Incarnation

– Saturday 6th Week of Easter –

“For the Father himself loves you because you have loved me and have believed that I have come from God. I came from the Father and have come into the world; again, I am leaving the world and am going to the Father.”  [John 16:27 –28]

Many in our world today do not believe in God, and even fewer accept that God has come to earth in the person of Jesus. Central to our faith is the belief that Jesus comes from the Father and is one with the Father. Like the disciples, Jesus speaks to us of the love the Father lavishes upon us, because of our belief in the Incarnation.

St. Athanasius, Bishop of Alexandria in Egypt in the 4th century, was a defender of the truth of the Incarnation against Arianism, a heresy that denied the divinity of Christ. He affirmed the power of the Incarnation with these words: ‘Jesus became what we are, that he might make us what he is.’

Our task each day is to say yes to Jesus, to love him, and to believe that He has come to reveal the Father’s love for all of creation. Simply, saying ‘Jesus I love you’ is a powerful prayer to open our hearts to the abounding love of God and to draw us into the divine life.

When we feel dispirited or uncertain, St. Elizabeth of the Trinity, a Carmelite saint encourages us with these words, ‘Believe that he loves you. Believe in his Love, his exceeding love.’


by Mike Humphrys

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