Indeed there is a mystery: “And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness; God was manifested in the flesh.” But this mystery was a revelation; the true character of God had been disclosed in the Incarnation. God was so much and so intimately concerned with the destiny of man (and precisely with the destiny of every one of “the little ones”) as to intervene in person in the chaos and misery of the lost life. The divine providence therefore is not merely an omnipotent ruling of the universe from an august distance by the divine majesty, but a kenosis, a “self-humiliation” of the God of glory. There is a personal relationship between God and man.
Fr Georges Florovsky. Bible, Church, Tradition, p. 13.
A truly gifted writer, particularly one on spiritual subjects, I think, or at least in my own reading, evidences more of a power in his ability to inspire further thoughts, than in his written words alone. This is definitely the case with Fr Florovsky. In this case he set me to thinking, through the paragraph above, on the Incarnation of our Lord. As St Gregory the Theologian stated, “What is not assumed is not healed,” we know that our God was aware of what He was doing. In becoming human, fully and without reservation, He had a plan. Not only did that plan include the healing of those generic ills incumbent on our race, but even those of the individual. That is, He was willing, indeed determined, to conquer or heal even those genetic, familial, and societal peculiarities that adhere to individuals. Think of it, knowing the example of arrogance made by another son of David named Simon bar Kosiva: the pride of one’s family heritage, the pride and expectaion of a scion of the royal line, however attenuated the connection may be. It was also a case of overcoming and healing the behavioral, emotional, and even psychological proclivities of any individual’s existence. Think of it, even those proclivities toward anger, sadness, or whatever happen to be our genetic inheritance, He planned to and did heal. We’re healed not just as theoretical units of a sum called humanity, but as otherwise so very lost individuals. Just think of it.