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The Sacrament of the Incarnation of our Lord 

"In the beginning was the Word. Who says this? Surely, John the fisherman, but he does not say this as a fisherman, but as a fisher of man’s disposition. For already he was not catching fish but was quickening men. These words are not his, but His who granted him the power of quickening. For the fisherman was more silent than the fish which he formerly used to catch, and with respect to the divine mysteries he was more dumb who did not know the author of his own voice; but he who is quickened by Christ heard the voice in John, has recognized the Word in Christ. Accordingly, full of the Holy Spirit, since he knew that the beginning was not of time, but above time, he left the world, and ascending in spirit above all beginning, he says: In the beginning was the Word. […]

And the Word was with God . This that he said is to be understood thus: The Word was just as was the Father; since He was together with the Father, He was also in the Father, and He was always with the Father. […] It is of the Word to be with the Father; it is of the Father to be with the Word, for we read that the Word was with God. So if, according to your opinion, there was a time when He was not, then, according to your opinion, He too was not in the beginning with whom was the Word. For through the Word I hear, through the Word I understand that God was. For, if I shall believe that the Word was eternal, which I do believe, I cannot doubt about the eternity of the Father, whose Son is eternal."

Ambrose, The Sacrament of the Incarnation of our Lord (III, 15-18) 

  

Prayer

Lord, be my helper and my redeemer: my helper in doing good, my redeemer when I have done wrong; my helper that I may dwell in your love, my redeemer that you may deliver me from my wrongdoing. – cfr. Comm. on Psalm 18 (2), 16 [189]

By Ateneo Pontificio "Augustinianum"

                    

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