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For the Fourth Wednesday in Advent: Cyril of Alexandria on the Incarnation

December 21, 2016

From Faith and Life, here again is a thought by Cyril of Alexandria on the Incarnation:

Assuredly, the manner of the Incarnation is a deep and ineffable mystery, not to be grasped by our understandings. But this point we must well consider; it cannot but be injurious to busy ourselves about what is out of our reach; but the extremity of folly is, to apply tests to what is beyond our mental powers, and attempt to comprehend what is incomprehensible. Knowest thou not that this mystery, so profound, so far transcending our intellect, is honoured by such a faith as declines inquisitiveness?  Let us leave to Nicodemus, and such as he was, that foolish question, “How can these things be?” Let us unhesitatingly accept the oracular teaching of the Holy Spirit, and trust to Christ Himself when He says, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen.” For our Divine mystery stands not in persuasive words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit.

–St. Cyril of Alexandria on Right Faith, c. 23.

Truly, we are blind unless the Spirit opens our eyes.

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