Filed under: The Incarnation
The Gospel reading today, Thursday 6-21-07, is Mt 6:7-15 which recounts the famous scene when Jesus teaches His disciples the Lord’s Prayer. Let us focus on seven words from this prayer: “thy Kingdom come, thy will be done”. How might these majestic words relate to the Unborn Christ at the one-cell stage of his earthly life?
First, the Angel Gabriel explains to Mary that her Son will receive the “throne of his father David”, will reign over “the house of Jacob for ever” and that “of his kingdom there will be no end” (Lk 1:32-33). So, just prior to her “fiat” and her conceiving, she realizes her Son will be king. In fact, at the moment of His conception He is Lord and King!
Secondly, immediately at His conception He speaks a prayer of consecration to God the Father and says: “Lo, I have come to do thy will, O God”. (The whole prayer is found in Hebrews 10:5-7.) St. Ignatius of Loyola tells us that these words were uttered “from the first moment of His conception”, at the one-cell stage. (These verses from Hebrews are featured during the Mass on March 25th for the feast of the Annunciation.) To see extended commentaries on Hebrew 10:5-7 click here)
So, just before His conception the Angel makes three references to His Divine Kingship and at the moment of His conception He Himself says that He has “come to do thy will, O God”. The seven words which He teaches His disciples to address to God are linked to His coming into the world! In fact, His immediate prayer to the Father upon entering the world is like a Mission Statement for His Life.
But wait, this is the mission statement for every life: “Lo, I have come to do thy will, O God”. This is the intuitive spiritual orientation of every human being, at least initially- that there is an All Holy God and that we should seek and do His will in our lives. Therefore, at the one-cell stage of His earthly life the Unborn Christ, who was King, submits – figuratively He bows down in submission to the Father – and He teaches us how to live our lives.
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