Deputy Principal - Faith

We have entered the Catholic liturgical season of Advent.  Advent is a time of waiting and preparation for Christmas, the birth of Jesus Christ.  These two events are in fact about the Christian belief in “Incarnation”.  The Catholic Church uses symbols and rituals throughout this period to express its belief that God came down to earth as a man. 

Specifically, Christians believe that God is a Trinity i.e. God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.  The second person of the Trinity, God the Son “became flesh” by being conceived in the womb of the Virgin Mary.  So, the Incarnation is the belief that God the Son became a man, specifically the historical person Jesus of Nazareth.  We know when he lived and where he lived and we have many records of what he said and did (in the Gospels at the beginning of the New Testament of the Bible).  Particularly, the Bible records Mary becoming pregnant by the power of the Holy Spirit and then giving birth to Jesus.  This is the incarnation; the birth of Jesus is God the Son becoming man.  The Son of God took on a human body and nature and became both God and man.

Jesus Christ is both God and man, not part God and part man.  The Catechism of the Catholic Church states, “He became truly man while remaining truly God.  Jesus Christ is true God and true man.” (CCC para. 464)  The Nicene Creed reinforces this point when it says that Jesus is, “God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God”.

Catholics believe this is incredibly significant as it means, “God has visited his people”.  God has come to earth so that human beings, “might know God’s love”, be saved, “by reconciling us with God” and, “be our model of holiness”.  We believe that if you have seen Jesus you have seen God and in Jesus’ actions and teachings we now know how to live our lives.

So as we enter Advent and prepare for Christmas let us rejoice because God has visited his people, we are loved and saved.  We will one day see God face to face.

Merry Christmas to all students, staff and parents.  I pray you all have a wonderful time with family and friends over the holiday season and return to us safely in the new year.

 

Dr Michael Grace
Deputy Principal - Faith