Commentary on Hebrews 10, 5-7
“Consequently, when Christ came into the world, he said:
“Sacrifices and offerings you have not desired;
but a body have you prepared for me;
in burnt offerings and sin offerings
you have taken no pleasure.
Then I said, Lo, I have come to do your will, O God.”
“The divine Word, from the first instant that he was made man and an infant in Mary’s womb, offered himself of his own accord to suffer and die for the ransom of the world: He was offered because it was his own will. He knew that all the sacrifices of goats and bulls offered to God in times past had not been able to satisfy for the sins of men, but that it required a divine Person to pay the price of their redemption; wherefore he said as the Apostle tells us, ‘When He cometh into the world He saith; Sacrifice and oblation Thou wouldst not, but a body Thou hadst fitted to me…Then said I, Behold I come…” St. Alphonsus De Liguori, The Incarnation, Birth and Infancy of Jesus Christ.
“When he became flesh, this bond began to be expressed in all Jesus’ human behaviour. On earth the Son lived in constant communion with the Father, in an attitude of perfect loving obedience. 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 fulfil the Father’s plan in total self-giving.” The Incarnation, the entry of eternity into time – Pope John Paul II General Audience of Wednesday, 10 December 1997
The adorable Heart of Jesus Christ began to beat with a love at once human and divine after the Virgin Mary generously pronounced Her “Fiat”; and the Word of God, as the Apostle remarks: “coming into the world, saith, ‘Sacrifice and oblation thou wouldst not; but a body thou hast fitted to Me; holocausts for sin did not please thee. Then said I, “Behold I come”; in the head of the book it is written of Me, “that I should do thy will, O God!”’58. Heb. 10:5-7, 10. Encyclical of Pope Pius XII, Haurietis Aguas, On Devotion to the Sacred Heart, May 15, 1956., point 63
For the Solemnity of the Incarnation of the Word, in the Roman Calendar the ancient title-the Annunciation of the Lord-has been deliberately restored, but the feast was and is a joint one of Christ and of the Blessed Virgin: of the Word, who becomes Son of Mary (Mk. 6:3), and of the Virgin, who becomes Mother of God. With regard to Christ, the East and the West, in the inexhaustible riches of their liturgies, celebrate this solemnity as the commemoration of the salvific “fiat” of the Incarnate Word, who, entering the world, said: “God, here I am! I am coming to obey Your will” (cf. Heb. 10:7; Ps. 39:8-9). They commemorate it as the beginning of the redemption and of the indissoluble and wedded union of the divine nature with human nature in the one Person of the Word. Apostolic Pope Paul VI, Marialis Cultus, February 2, 1974, poin t 6
Mary is, finally, the Virgin presenting offerings. In the episode of the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple (cf. Lk. 2:22-35), the Church, guided by the Spirit, has detected, over and above the fulfillment of the laws regarding the offering of the firstborn (cf. Ex. 13:11-16) and the purification of the mother (cf. Lv. 12:6-8), a mystery of salvation related to the history of salvation. That is, she has noted the continuity of the fundamental offering that the Incarnate Word made to the Father when He entered the world (cf. Heb. 10:5-7). Pope Paul VI, Marialis Cultus, February 2, 1974, point 20
“…were three solemn professions, three vows, as it were, pronounced by Jesus from the moment of the Incarnation… He vowed obedience to His Father, that is, He made profession never to do His own will…… He professed servitude to His Father....He professed to become a host and victim entirely consecrated and immolated to His Father’s glory…. St. John Eudes, The Life and The Kingdom of Jesus in Christian Souls
“We ought not to consider Christ’s Sacrifice as offered only at the time of the Passion. Christ is a Victim from the moment of the Incarnation, and it is as Victim that He offers Himself…. He accepted to fulfill all that was decreed: He said to His Father: “Behold I come”: Ecce venio. The initial act of offering whereby He wholly yielded Himself up, virtually contained all His sacrifice….” Blessed Columba Marmion, O.S.B., Christ The Ideal Of The Monk
A Man-God who, from the first moment of His conception, offers Himself to His Father. This is to teach us that there is not a single moment of our lives that does not belong to God. “When He cometh into the world He saith: Sacrifice and oblation Thous woulest not but a body Thous hast fitted to me: then said I, Behold I come to do Thy will, O God” (Heb. x. 5-9) Spiritual Exercises Of St. Ignatius, Part I, 2nd Week, Point 3 (New York: Frederick Pustet & Co., 1914), Part I, 2nd Week, 233 234.
The Heart of Jesus as the Source and Model of love towards God. Love is the complete gift of self. How perfect must be the love of Jesus for His Father! From the first moment of the Incarnation He offers Himself and yields Himself as a victim in order to restore glory to God outraged by our sins. At His birth, as well as on the day of His Presentation in the Temple, He renews this offering. A. Tanquerey, The Spiritual Life, point 1253
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