Sunset - Larnaca

Sunset - Larnaca

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

St Justin Popovic on the Incarnation as 'The Meaning of Life and of the World'

Saint Justin Popovic proclaims that the very meaning of life, is founded upon the fact that 'the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.' (John 1:14) 


He writes, 'the whole Gospel, of heaven and earth, really consists of four words: the Word became flesh.' These words are crucial to the understanding of our existence, as the Word became 'Θεο-σάρξ' (God-flesh) in such a manner that neither God ceases to be God, nor does flesh cease to be flesh. Flesh, in its mystical and real union with God, lives and radiates all the perfections of God. He tells us that these words from St John's Gospel mean that the Word has become soul, Θεο-ψυχή (God-soul), but nevertheless God remains God, and the soul soul. Only now however, does the soul 'walk in the streets of the eternal and joyful mysteries of God'. Similarly,  the Word becoming flesh means that the Word has become sense - and again, in doing so, God does not cease to be God. Sense continues to be human sense, however the difference is that our senses live in divine infinity ( or non-limitation). Furthermore, the Word has become 'κτίσμα, Θεο-κτίσμα' (a divine creature). Only now are creatures able to be transformed 'from glory to glory.' Finally, St Justin writes that John 1:14 means that the Word has become man - fully man, God-man. Therefore, man finally acquires divine eternity and divine glory, with the opportunity of becoming one with God. 

God the Word became man in order to reset, or rather renew mankind back to his archetype and Creator. Man has been created, through God the Word, with this very goal and purpose - union with 'Our Father' (Matthew 6:9). God is the very foundation, and basis of existence and of life. 'For no other foundation can any one lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.' (1 Cor 3:11) St Justin writes, 'Our origin is God, and for this reason our very being, life and existence is completely dependant on God.' 'All creation is from the Word, and through the Word'   : 

'For in Him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or authorities - all things were created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.' (Col 1:16-17)

To conclude, ' by Christ's birth,  He has given us the revelation and meaning of both the mystery of man, as well as the mystery of Heaven and earth.' Through the Lord's birth, we are granted full revelation of God's truth, His justice, as well as His mercy and love. 

It is on this day, the Feast of the Annunciation of the Theotokos, that we celebrate the Virgin Mary's acceptance to deliver the incarnate Word of God - God taking on flesh and becoming man, building the bridge between humanity and divinity, granting salvation, joy and the very meaning to our existence. 

With guidance from :  Οσίου Ιουστίνου Πόποβιτς 'Φιλοσοφικοί Κρημνοί,'  Ι.Μ Χιλανδαρίου,1969 (141-149)

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