When the appointed time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born a subject of the Law, to redeem the subjects of the Law and to enable us to be adopted as sons. The proof that you are sons is that God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts: the Spirit that cries, ‘Abba, Father’, and it is this that makes you a son, you are not a slave any more; and if God has made you son, then he has made you heir.
Sunday is the feast of Mary, Mother of God and the Octave Day of Christmas.
Paul speaks of Jesus as Son of God, a familiar concept to the Jews, for all God’s faithful (who are men) are seen as Sons of God.
And Paul expands the concept for there is a sense in which no man is fully faithful except Jesus, who is God’s Son in a unique way, Begotten not made, Son from before time not by action in time. He is born of a woman, but not of a man.
If we are to be truly sons of God it can only be through Jesus.
And we who are born of human stock are to be united with him not by law or family bonds, or by race or by religious rite, but by the Spirit, his Spirit, sent to inspire us, to enable us, to call on God as Father. This work of the Spirit overcomes all distinction: for example, Greek and Jew, Slave and Free, Male and Female.
Paul speak of something radically new, that we all are, in all our diversity – male, female, slave, free, Greek, Jew. This we are: and this we are to become in Christ.
Notre Dame de Vacluse, Grasse. (c) 2007, Allen Morris