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The Incarnation, the entry of eternity into time
September 20, 2008, 10:54 am
Filed under: The Incarnation, Unborn Jesus


This12th to 14th century statue is called the Vierge Ouvrante (the Opening Virgin) with the Trinity in her womb: we see Christ and God the Father (the Holy Spirit used to be here but has fallen away). The assembled crowd (in the fold out wings) consisting of crowned heads and humble folk who are praying to the Trinity. When this statue was closed, the viewer only saw Mary with the Christ Child in her lap

The following quotes are taken from a General Audience given by Pope John Paul II on December 10, 1997 entitled The Incarnation, the entry of eternity into time.

“Jesus’ birth makes visible the mystery of the Incarnation already realized in the Virgin’s womb at the time of the Annunciation. In fact, she gives birth to the child that, as the docile and responsible instrument of the divine plan, she had conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit. Through the humanity assumed in Mary’s womb, the eternal Son of God begins to live as a child, and grows “in wisdom and in stature, and in favour with God and man” (Lk 2:52). Thus he manifests himself as true man….

…The Incarnation is the fruit of an immense love, which spurred God willingly to share our human condition to the full. In becoming man, the Word of God brought about a fundamental change in the very condition of time. We can say that in Christ human time was filled with eternity….

…The entry of eternity into time is the entrance, in Jesus’ earthly life, of the eternal love that unites the Son to the Father. The Letter to the Hebrews alludes to this when it speaks of Christ’s inner attitude at the very moment he enters the world: “Lo, I have come to do your will, o God” (10:7). The immense “leap” from the heavenly life of the Son of God into the abyss of human existence is motivated by his will to fulfill the Father’s plan in total self-giving….

…Eternity has entered human life. Now human life is called to make the journey with Christ from time to eternity.”

We plan to feature other Vierge Ouvrante (The Opening Virgin) statues in future posts.


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Let me add to your quotes something Pope Benedict XVI, while he was still Cardinal Ratzinger, wrote in a book called Mary, The Church at the Source, which speaks of the importance of Mary’s consent. He writes, “Without Mary, God’s entrance into history would not achieve its intended purpose. That is, the very thing that matters most in the Creed would be left unrealized – God’s being a God with us, and not only a God in and for himself….Mary is an indispensable, central component of our faith in the living, acting God….The Incarnation required consenting acceptance. Only in this way do Logos and flesh really become one. And so the Angel comes to Mary.” I include this quote in a podcast I posted a link to on my blog, titled “Mary’s Yes,” You can find it here: http://susanjoan.wordpress.com/2008/07/08/embracing-mary-marys-yes-podcast/.

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