XXVIII. OF THE POINT UPON WHICH THE WHOLE COURSE OF DIVINE GOVERNMENT IS CENTRED
It is then at the cradle of the child, among men, that we see shine forth, as from a central point, all the graciousness of God's government in the world?
Yes, it is at the child's cradle, among men, that we see shine forth, as from a central point, all the sweetness of God's government in the world; for all in the world is ordained for the welfare of the child: the loving care of the parents, the whole of nature which helps its life, the angels who have care of it, and the goodness of God who destines it for the glory of heaven.
Was there a cradle of the birth of a child among men around which all the splendours of God's government in the world shone forth in a way beyond compare?
Yes; and this happened at the birth of a Child, who, as we shall see shortly, is the means or the way of man's return to God (CXIX 2, Obj. 4).
What happened, in effect, at the birth of this Child?
At the birth of this Child there was a conception wholly due to the supernatural action of the Holy Spirit, a Mother who remained virgin, kings and wise men led to the cradle by a star, and a multitude of celestial spirits praising God and singing: "Glory to God in the highest; and on earth peace to men of good will."
How is this Child of benediction called?
He is none other than Emmanuel, or God-with-us, and He is called Jesus.
(This is no longer being shared from the Kindle edition. I'm now sharing from the Jacques Maritain Center, at the University of Notre Dame.)