Sharing God's Greatness
At that first Christmas Mary proclaimed our Lord's wonder, then almost four centuries later Bishop Ambrose of Milan (c340-397) taught us how to live it.
Let Mary’s soul be in each of you to proclaim the greatness of the Lord. Let her spirit be in each to rejoice in the Lord. Christ has only one mother in the flesh, but we all bring forth Christ in faith. Every soul receives the Word of God if only it keeps chaste, remaining pure and free from sin, its modesty undefiled. The soul that succeeds in this proclaims the greatness of the Lord, just as Mary’s soul magnified the Lord and her spirit rejoiced in God her Savior.
In another place we read: Magnify the Lord with me. The Lord is magnified, not because the human voice can add anything to God but because He is magnified within us. Christ is the image of God, and if the soul does what is right and holy, it magnifies that image of God, in whose likeness it was created. In magnifying the image of God, the soul has a share in its greatness and is exalted. ~ Bishop Saint Ambrose
His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. (2 Peter 1:3-4)
At various intervals I know this may not feel true but:
Christians each possess all things necessary to share the very nature and fabric of God.
Today's Soul Snippet:
Faith is stepping into the unseen without any visible means of support.
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