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Incarnation
By
Diane M. Houdek
Source: Bringing Home the Word
Published: Sunday, January 06, 2013

Francis prays, “We thank you that through your Son you created us, and through the holy love you
had for us you brought about his birth as true God and true man by the glorious, ever-virgin, most
blessed, holy Mary, and that you willed to redeem us captives through his cross and blood and
death.”

It is a Franciscan teaching that Christ would have come and lived among us whether or not we had
sinned. The Incarnation was in the divine plan from all eternity. It was divine love that caused the
Incarnation to happen. But because we had become captive to sin, Christ willed to redeem us through
his cross and blood and death. This is a great mystery that moves Francis to give thanks to God.

When I think about the incredible gift of the Incarnation, what am I moved to do?

Adapted from The Simple Way: Mediations on the Words of Saint Francis, by Murray Bodo, O.F.M.


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