And the Word Was Made Syllables

Lenten Reflections 2015: Readings from Augustine

There is a single message [sermo] of God spread throughout all the Scriptures, a single Word [Verbum] sounding through the many mouths of the holy. Although this Word was in the beginning, God with God, it was not expressed in syllables then because it did not exist in time. And since it descended and took on the weakness of our bodies, it should be no surprise that for the sake of our weakness it also made use of our tiny sounds. (EnPs 103[104]/4, 1; PL 37, 1378)

Rev. Joseph A. Komonchak, professor emeritus of the School of Theology and Religious Studies at the Catholic University of America, is a retired priest of the Archdiocese of New York.

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