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Augustine Nativity Selection

This is from one of Augustine‘s sermons. (Sermon 185, section 2 to be specific).

Let us joyfully celebrate the coming of our salvation and redemption. Let us celebrate the festal day on which the great and timeless One came from the great and timeless day to this brief span of our day. He ‘has become for us… justice, and sanctification, and redemption; so that, just as it is written, “Let him who takes pride, take pride in the Lord.”’[1] For, so that we might not resemble the proud Jews who, ‘ignorant of the justice of God and seeking to establish their own, have not submitted to the justice of God,’[2] when the Psalmist had said: ‘Truth Is sprung out of the earth,’ he quickly added: ‘and justice hath looked down from heaven.’[3]

He did this lest mortal frailty, arrogating this justice to itself, should call these blessings its own, and lest man should reject the justice of God in his belief that he is justified, that is, made just through his own efforts. ‘Truth is sprung out of the earth’ because Christ who said: ‘I am the truth’[4] was born of a virgin; and ‘justice hath looked down from heaven’ because, by believing in Him who was so born, man has been justified not by his own efforts but by God. ‘Truth is sprung out of the earth’ because ‘the Word was made flesh’ and ‘justice hath looked down from heaven’ because ‘every good and perfect gift is from above.’[5] ‘Truth is sprung out of the earth’ that is, His flesh was taken from Mary; and ‘justice hath looked down from heaven’ because ‘no one can receive anything unless it is given to him from heaven.’[6]


[1] 1 Cor. 1.30,31

[2] Rom. 10.3

[3] Ps. 84.12

[4] John 14.6

[5] John 1.14; James 1.17

[6] John 3.27

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