Saturday, January 18, 2014

AN ARMY OF ANTS

AN ARMY OF ANTS


                         A child loved all animals and had a special affection for the tiny ants. He used to spend much time observing the movement and lifestyle of the ants. One day he saw an army of ants marching across a road and was worried that they may get crushed to death by the pedestrians and vehicles. He tried to save the poor ants by shouting at the top of his voice, but failed to change the direction of their migration. He knew that the ants could not understand his words.
                    He thought deeply and said to his father, “If there was a way to be born as an ant, I could talk to these poor creatures in their own language and convince them of the impending danger of crossing the road and thus save them.” The father agreed with him and explained to him the infinite love of God towards man which compelled Him to take birth as a baby, live with us, die for us and thus save us from sin and Satan.
                   The child was correct in his view that the only way to communicate with the ants was to be born as an ant, live with them and love them. A saviour should identify with the species to be saved. Yes, God became man to communicate with us and save us. St. Paul teaches, “He always had the nature of God, but He did not think that by force He should try to become equal with God. Instead of this, of His own free will He gave up all He had, and took the nature of a servant. He became like man and appeared in human likeness. He was humble and walked the path of obedience all the way to death - His death on the cross” {Philippians: 2: 6-8}. The God of the entire universe left His heavenly abode and glory and was conceived miraculously in Mary’s womb, developed like every human being and was born as a crying infant in the mucky manger of Bethlehem.
                    There were many different ways that God could have used to save us. In His infinite wisdom, God chose to save us through his birth, life, preaching, suffering, death, and resurrection. God accomplished salvation of man by His incarnation. St. John summarizes this mystery in these words: “The Word became a human being and, full of grace and truth, lived among us” (John 1:14). Holy Virgin Mary was given the singular and sublime grace of being the "woman" from whom Christ took on his human nature and his human body for the redemption of humanity. 
                     He became truly man while remaining truly God. Jesus Christ is true God and true man” {Catechism of the Catholic Church, CCC - 464}.





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© By: Prof. Dr. Babu Philip, Darsana Academy, Kottayam-686001, Kerala, India ( Former Professor, Cochin University of Science & Technology, Fine Arts Avenue, Kochi-682016, Kerala, India), Prof. Mrs. Rajamma Babu, Former Professor, St. Dominic's College, Kanjirappally,  Leo. S. John, St. Antony's Public School, Anakkal, Kanjirappally and Neil John, Maniparambil, Ooriyakunnath, Kunnumbhagom, Kanjirappally, Kottayam-686507, Kerala, India.
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