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St. Bernard of Clairvaux on the Understanding of Jesus | HOMILY

April 12, 2021

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He who by nature was incomprehensible and inaccessible wished to be understood. Listen to St. Bernard of Clairvaux’s thoughts on the understanding of Jesus through the mysteries of the rosary.

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“The child to be born of you will be called holy, the Son of God, the Fountain of Wisdom, the Word of the Father on high.” In the beginning was the Word, and the Lord said from the beginning, “I think thoughts of peace, and not of affliction.” And so the idea of peace came down to do the work of peace. The Word was made flesh and even now dwells among us. By nature incomprehensible and inaccessible, he was invisible and unthinkable. But now, he wished to be understood. To be seen and thought of. But how, you ask, was this done? He lay in a manger and rested on a virgin’s breast, preached on a mountain, and spent the night in prayer. He hung on a cross, grew pale in death, and roamed free among the dead, and ruled over those in hell. He rose again on the third day, and showed the apostles the wounds of the nails, the signs of victory. And finally, in their presence, he ascended to the sanctuary of heaven. How can we not contemplate this story in truth, piety, and holiness? I have said it is wise to meditate on these truths, and I have thought it right to recall the abundant sweetness given by the fruits of this priestly root. And Mary, drawing abundantly from heaven, has caused this sweetness to overflow for us.

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