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86 • Part I. The Creed: The Faith Professed

• The only Son of the Father, the eternal Word, became man at the

appointed time, without ceasing to be God. He was conceived by the

Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary.

• Jesus Christ is true God and true man united in one divine Person.

• “The son of God . . . worked with human hands; he thought with a

human mind. He acted with a human will, and with a human heart

he loved. Born of the Virgin Mary . . . he is like us in all things except

sin” (GS, no. 22).

• In the Incarnation, we behold the mystery of the union of the divine

and human natures in the one person of God’s Son. Somehow, in a

way we cannot completely grasp, Jesus had both human knowledge

and a human will and divine knowledge and a divine will.

• As disciples of Christ, we are called to conform ourselves to him

until he is formed in us.

• The mysteries of Christ’s infancy and hidden life invite us to identify

with Christ’s obedience to Mary and Joseph as well as the example

of his holiness in the daily work of family and work in the long years

at Nazareth.

• The mysteries of Christ’s public life draw us to learn discipleship from

the teachings of his baptism, his temptation in the desert, his preach-

ing and witness of the Kingdom of Heaven, his Transfiguration, his

voluntary journey to Jerusalem to face his Passion, and his entry into

Jerusalem, where he completed the work of our salvation through

his death and Resurrection.


Why Did the Word Become Flesh?

The Word became flesh to save us from sin and reconcile us to God.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that every-

one who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life”

(Jn 3:16).

By the Incarnation we are made aware of the depth of God’s love

for us. “In this way the love of God was revealed to us: God sent his only

Son into the world so that we might have life through him” (1 Jn 4:9).