107 – Jesus came into the world to learn how to be a man

After the disobedience of Adam and Eve in Paradise, only God himself could make reparation for the offense that was committed by man’s sin. He, indeed, wished to make this reparation by sending to the world His Only Begotten Son, who was made Man in the womb of Mary. The Incarnation of the Son of God is one of the greatest mysteries of our faith, mystery of divine wisdom that is concealed under the veil of humanity.
The Creator wished to take flesh in order to manifest the glory of the Father to mankind and indicate the true path of sanctity toward Him. That is why he did not hesitate to humiliate himself, making himself obedient unto death, and death on the cross (cf. Phil 2:8).

Let us examine what the Church tells us about this text of the Epistle to the Philippines, in contrast with the original teaching of the preacher of Domus Sanctae Marthae.

Francis

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Teachings of the Magisterium

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I – Was Christ obedient only in suffering?
II – In journeying with mankind, was Christ’s intention that of simply lowering Himself or of elevating man?
III – The correct interpretation of Philippians 2:8: “He humbled himself, becoming obedient to death, even death on a cross”


I – Was Christ obedient only in suffering?


Sacred Scripture

My food is to do the will of the one who sent me
“I do not seek my own will”
Christ came down from heaven to do the will of the Father
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Jesus’ works are all from the Father

Catechism of the Catholic Church

All the works, wonders and signs are proof of His obedience to the Father
The Word made flesh willed humanly in obedience to his Father all that he had decided divinely
“I have come to do your will, O God”
Jesus was also obedient also in moments of glory

II – In journeying with mankind, was Christ’s intention that of lowering Himself or of elevating man?


Saint Irenaeus of Lyon

inseparable

Saint Athanasius of Alexandria

To elevate us to the divinity

Liturgy of the Hours

To make us sharers in the divinity

Saint Thomas Aquinas

Christ came to manifest the truth and free man from sin

Catechism of the Catholic Church

The Word became flesh so that thus we might know God’s love
Jesus is the model for the Beatitudes and the norm of the New Law

John Paul II

Christ came to reestablish the truth in the relationship between man and God…
… to free mankind from the slavery of sin, evil and death
God has elevated humanity to a superior destiny of intimate union with Him

Pius XII

Christ came into the world to glorify the Father and give himself as a victim

III – The correct interpretation of Philippians 2:8: ‘He humbled himself, becoming obedient to death, even death on a cross’


Saint Thomas Aquinas

Christ’s humility reflects His majesty

Benedict XVI

From the splendor of divinity, Christ chose to descend to the humiliation of ‘death on a cross’ to then manifest Himself in the splendor of his divine majesty

Theodoret of Cyrus

A path overflowing with love and justice to liberate man

Saint Athanasius of Alexandria

Christ underwent death in His flesh to offer Himself for us through death to the Father

Benedict XVI

Jesus’ death stems from his free choice of obedience to the Father’s plan of salvation

John Paul II

Through the suffering of the Cross, Jesus has returned to the love which was betrayed by Adam through sin
The mystery of the Incarnation and Redemption is expressed in Philippians 2:8

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