Augustine on Holding Fast to Humility

Today's WORSHIP QUOTE comes from Augustine of Hippo concerning the important truth of the humiliation of God the Son (the Incarnation) as part of the great story of redemption.

All that springs from the humility of this sublime moment [the birthday of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ] is grasped by the faith of Christians, while far from the comprehension of the godless; since God "has hidden these things from the wise and the prudent, and revealed them to the little ones" (Luke 10:21).

So let the humble hold fast to the humility of God, so that this wonderful support may, like a beast of burden, lighten the burden of their weakness, and they may arrive at the heights of God. As for the wise and prudent, they aim at the loftiness of God without believing in his humble lowliness; and so, by overstepping his humility and reaching his loftiness, they have remained, empty and weightless, inflated and elated, dangling, as it were, at a windy middle level between heaven and earth.

They are indeed wise and prudent, but in the affairs of this world, not of the one by whom the world was made. Because if they were possessed of the true wisdom, which is from God and is God, they world understand that it was possible for flesh to be taken on by God without his being changed into flesh; they would understand that he took to himself what he was not, while remaining what he was; and that he came to us in a man without ever departing from the Father; and that he continued to be what he is, while appearing to us as what we are; and that his divine power was confined in the body of an infant without being withdrawn from the whole mass of the universe.

—Augustine of Hippo (354-430), from a Christmas sermon preached in the year 396, as found in Proclaiming the Christmas Gospel: Ancient Sermons and Hymns for Contemporary Inspiration, Edited by John D. Witvliet and David Vroege. Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 2004, page 30.


"O come, let us adore Him, Christ the Lord."
"Where meek souls will receive him still, the dear Christ enters in."

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