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For the Fifth Sunday in Lent: Augustine of Hippo on “The Mediator”

March 17, 2013

I posted this last year and it is well worth reposting. For the Fifth Sunday in Lent, the book Faith and Life offers this selection from St. Augustine, on the natures of Christ:

I. THE MEDIATOR.

IT was necessary that a Mediator between God and men should have something like to God, something like to men; lest, if he were wholly like to men, he should be far off from God; or if he were wholly like to God, he should be far off from men, and so should not be a Mediator. The true Mediator whom in Thy mysterious mercy Thou hast manifested to men, and hast sent, that by His example they should learn humility itself, that Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, appeared between sinful mortals and the Immortal Righteous One; being mortal with men, righteous with God; that as the wages of righteousness are life and peace, He might through His righteousness, which was united to God, make void that death of those who were once ungodly and had been made righteous, which He was pleased to share in common with them. He was manifested to the ancient saints, that so they might be saved by faith in His Passion as then future, even as we are saved by faith in it as past. For inasmuch as He is Man, He is Mediator; in that He is the Word, He is not midway between us and God, because He is equal to God, and is God with God and One God, together with the Holy Spirit .

–St. Augustine, Confessions, xc 42, 43.

This is an excellent summary of the importance of our Lord’s being both divine and human.  Truly, we have much for which to be thankful.

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