WOW – Aquinas on the Incarnation

This week’s Words of Wisdom (WOW) come from Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274):

“The time of the Incarnation was most suitable. Had God come to man to redeem us immediately after the first sin was committed, human pride would not have been humbled in consequence of that sin; man would not have realized, through an impressive stretch of time, the greatness of the treasure he had lost. And it was good for man to prepare, by prayerful longing, for the redemption ; thus he would gain a keen awareness of the value of redemption; and of his need for it, so that, when it came, he would ardently take advantage of it. On the other hand, it would not do to have the Incarnation delayed, lest human longing turn to hopelessness and despairing disappointment. Therefore at exactly the right time, in the ‘fullness of time,’ as St. Paul says, God became man.” -THOMAS AQUINAS

But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law,  to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God. (Gal. 4:4-7)

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