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EXEGESIS - PROVERBS.

"Did, then, he (Eutyches) perhaps suppose that Our Lord Jesus Christ is not of our nature, because the angel, sent to the ever-Virgin Mary, said: The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Most High shall overshadow thee; and therefore the Holy that shall be born of thee, shall be called the Son of God?* That because the Virgin's conception was of divine operation, the flesh of Him conceived was not of the nature of her who conceived? But not so is to be understood that generation singularly wonderful and wonderfully singular, that by reason of the novelty of creation, what is proper to the race should be set aside. For the Holy Ghost gave fecundity to the Virgin, and the true nature of a body is taken from a body. And so Wisdom built her a house: The Word was made flesh, and dwelt in us, that is, in that flesh which He assumed from man, and which the spirit of rational life animated."+

"What we have learnt we believe, what we believe we preach, namely, that the Son of God begotten of the Father before all ages, and co-eternal with the Father by everlasting and consubstantial equality, came into this world by the womb of the Virgin elected for this sacrament of piety, in whom and of whom Wisdom built her a house, and the unchangeable Godhead of the Word fitted to Itself the form of a servant to the likeness of flesh of sin."++

"No figures would fulfill the sacrament of our reconciliation that had been ordained from eternity, because as yet the Holy Ghost had not come upon the Virgin, nor the power of the Most High overshadowed her, whereby -- Wisdom building her a house within the inviolate bowels of Mary -- the Word might be made flesh, and the form of God and the form of a servant metting together in one person, the Creator might be born in time; and He by whom all things were made, Himself be generated amongst all things. For unless a new man made to the likeness of flesh of sin took to himself our oldness (vetustatem), and the Consubstantial with the Father condescended to be consubstantial also with his Mother, and the alone free from sin united to Himself our nature; mankind would be universally kept captive under the yoke of the devil, nor could we profit by the victory of the triumpher, had it been achieved outside our nature."**

"Why marvellest thou at this, O man? It behoved God thus to be born, when He deigned to become man. Such did He make her, He who was made of her. For before being made, He was. And because He was Almighty, He could be made, remaining what He was. He made a Mother for Himself when He was with the Father, and when He was being made of His Mother, He remained in the Father."||

"Many daughters have gathered together riches; thou hast surpassed them all." -- xxxi. 29.


* Luke i. 35.

+ S. Leo, Epist. xxviii. al. xxiv. Ad Flavian. Constantinopol. cap. 2.

++ Serm. 25, In Nativ. Dom. v. c. 2.

** Epist. xxxi. al. xxvii. Ad Pulcheriam Augustam, cap. ii.

|| S. Augustine, Serm. 186. In Nativ. Dom. iii. c. i. n. i.

 

 

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