God of the Incarnation – Dom Helder Camara



In ancient days the Lord sent the witnessing people patriarchs and prophets, in order to sustain its faith in the one God. But in the fullness, the zenith of time, he sent his own Son, who took flesh by assuming, in the Virgin Mary, a human nature through the working of the Holy Spirit. God became man in Jesus Christ.
By coming to us in this way, by living on our earth, Christ brought us a stupendous revelation. He revealed to us that God, the Almighty and the Most High, the Father of all, wished us to become in Jesus Christ – the only-begotten Son – sons and daughters by adoption, called to share in the very life of God.

Like his Father who creates with us, God-made-Man, our Brother, wishes us to complete his work of redemption. He desires us to be ‘co-redemptors’, so that liberation from sin and from the consequences of sin may be achieved in us and with us.
Lastly, the Holy Spirit – like the Father sharing his creation with us, and the Son drawing us into his work of redemption – wishes us to collaborate in his permanent work of sanctification. He desires us to be, as it were, instruments of ‘co-sanctification’.

To us human creatures falls the duty of responding to these divine initiatives, which are beyond our boldest dreams.
To the extent that we are conscious of the riches heaped on us, we have to do our utmost – and more – to serve, with all our heart and all our soul, as interpreters of nature and minstrels of God.

The Psalmist teaches us to lend our voices to the whole of creation and, in the wake of St. Francis of Assisi, we are urged to sing the praises of the creatures, including those that come from the Creator thanks to the collaboration of man, his ‘co-creator’.
Without considering ourselves better than anyone else, but by making good use of the riches heaped on us by God, we are called:

- to present our sorrows and needs to the Lord in the hour of affliction, but equally to open ourselves to the joy of worshipping the Lord, happy in the knowledge that he exists and that he is God;
- to endeavour, permanently, to extend ourselves, to progress beyond selfishness, to enlarge our understanding, our forgiveness, our openness to love;
- to live, very concretely, the Lord’s today in the place and the circumstances which he has chosen for us, and to strive, increasingly, to be pilgrims of the Absolute and citizens of the Eternal;
- to look at every human creature, without asking what tongue he speaks or to what race and religion he belongs. The Christian can and must say to himself: ‘Now there is my brother or sister’, and he can and must add: ‘my blood brother or sister, since the same blood of Christ was shed for both of us, as indeed for all’.

Extract from: L.J. Cardinal Suenens, The holy Spirit, life-breath of the Church, pt. III, Ertvelde, FIAT-editions, 2001, p. 23-24.