Thursday, December 07, 2017

Ambrose: very God and very man

Thursday, December 7, 2017
    Feast of Ambrose, Bishop of Milan, Teacher, 397
    When Mary reached the place where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet and said, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.”
    When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled.
    “Where have you laid him?” he asked. “Come and see, Lord,” they replied.
    Jesus wept.
    Then the Jews said, “See how he loved him!”
    —John 11:32-36 (NIV)
    They do greatly err who acknowledge that the flesh of man was taken on Himself by Christ, but deny that the affections of man were taken; and they contravene the purpose of the Lord Jesus Himself, since thus they take away from man what constitutes man, for man cannot be man without human affections.
    ... St. Ambrose of Milan (Aurelius Ambrosius) (339-397), The Life and Times of St. Ambrose, v. II, Frederick Homes Dudden, The Clarendon Press, 1935, p. 596 (see the book)
    See also John 11:32-36; Isa. 53:3; Luke 19:41-42; Heb. 2:16-17; 4:15
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord Jesus, You are my example in all things.
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