Monday, March 23, 2015

The Shock of the Incarnation

I just wrote to a friend of mine ...

The Incarnation is still shocking.  God-become-Reality.  Still shocking.

Tomorrow, March 25, is the Solemnity of the Annunciation, when we celebrate the moment the Word Became Flesh and Dwelt Among Us.

But if there's one thing most Christians CAN'T STAND it's God-become-Reality.


Benjamin. said...

If God became fully man, can we say it happened at one particular point, (that Jesus was not always fully man?) Doesn't that imply he changed in some way?

Kevin O'Brien said...

The Second Person of the Holy Trinity was not always fully man. His Divine nature has never changed and never will. "In Him there is no shadow of turning" - James 1:17. To become man is a great condescension of the Divine, but is not a change, it is an act. For God, to act is not to change (as it is, in a sense, for us). God is the one being for whom the potential and the actual are the same.

In addition, Aquinas argued that the Incarnation brought about a change in the created world, but not in God.