Our Flesh (For Ambrose of Milan, Bishop and Teacher)

Of wondrous purpose took He our flesh, to the end that He might show that the law of the flesh had been subjected to the law of the mind. He was incarnate, that He, the teacher of men, might overcome as man.
(Ambrose of Milan, Exposition of the Christian Faith)

Minds explode to hear the news:
Eternity in infant form,
Creator in a young girl’s womb,
Perfection breaking all taboos;

And so no wonder Arius
And his men resisted truth
Which fractured all logic and proof,
This news of God Among Us.

Yet to hear He took our flesh
And conquered what had left us dead
(We now victors in His stead):
This demands we hear afresh

What our hearts convulse to hear
And look with new eyes on the child
In whom our flesh was reconciled:
God in human form appeared.
More than conquerors are we,
We who hear the shocking word
Of Word-Made-Flesh and, undeterred,
Let Him be our victory.

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