Thought of the day
Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Tuesday of the Third week in Ordinary Time

Isaac of Stella (?-c.1171), Cistercian monk Sermon 51 for the Assumption; PL 194

Tuesday of the Third week in Ordinary Time

Commentary of the day 

Isaac of Stella (?-c.1171), Cistercian monk Sermon 51 for the Assumption; PL 194

"Whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother."

The Son of God is the firstborn among many brothers (Rm 8,29) since, being by nature an only Son, he has joined to himself by grace a great many brothers who are one with him: “To those who accepted him he gave power to become children of God,” (Jn 1,12). Having become son of man, he has made sons of God out of the multitude of men. He has joined them to himself while he himself remains unique in his love and power. In themselves men make up a multiplicity through their birth according to the flesh. But through their second birth, their divine birth, they become nothing less than one with him. The one Christ, unique and complete, includes both head and body (Col 1,18).

And this one Christ is Son of a single God in heaven and a single mother upon earth. There are many sons and yet there is only one son. And just as the head and the body form a single son and many sons, so Mary and the Church form a single mother and many mothers, a single virgin and many virgins. Both are mothers; both are virgins. Both conceived by the Holy Spirit without carnal desire; both, without sin, bestowed an offspring on God the Father. The one fathered, without sin, a head for the body; the other gave birth, in the remission of sins, to a body for the head. Both are mothers to Christ, yet neither gives birth entirely without the other. Thus it is entirely fitting that, in the divinely inspired Scriptures, what is said in general concerning the virgin mother, the Church, applies to the Virgin Mary in particular. And what is said concerning the virgin mother, Mary, in particular, is understood of the virgin mother, the Church, in general.