“You alone are He who is Supremely Good, and nevertheless You gave the Word, Your only-begotten Son, to converse with us filthy ones and filled with darkness. What was the cause of this? Love. Because You loved us before we were. Oh! Good! oh! Eternal Greatness! You made Yourself low and small to make man great. On whichever side I turn I find nothing but the abyss and fire of Your charity.”
—St. Catherine of Siena (Dialogue, 134)
Last Sunday's Gospel (first Sunday of Lent) tells us how Jesus fasted in the desert for forty days, and before the ultimate humiliation on Golgotha, was subjected to temptation by the devil. Consider how much love God has for us, that He sent His only begotten Son, the second persona of the Most Holy Trinity taking the form of human flesh, to suffer and die for our sins.
Point for reflection: What is man that God should subject Himself to this humiliation for man’s sake? He is God from eternity to eternity, the most supreme in the universe. Yet He chose to be lowly like us to mend the broken bond between God and mankind. For the Son of God to die like the lowest of criminals... such great love, such great sacrifice lifted the dignity of man to new heights! Indeed, He made himself lowly and small in order to make us great.