Video – Fr. Maximilian – The Cornerstone #9: Ephesians 1:8-10 & The Franciscan Thesis
St. Paul speaks of the "mystery of His will", God's "eternal purpose", which is accomplished in the "fullness of time." What is this mystery? What is God's eternal plan--the 'blueprint' He has before He begins to create? Why does St. Paul speak of the moment of the Incarnation of the Word as "the fullness of time"? Fr. Maximilian, referring to St. Maximus the Confessor, a prominent Greek Father of the Church (d.662), unravels the "mystery".
To see a perspective from the Orthodox Church on the motive of the Incarnation see "Cur Deus Homo?" on Friday, October 20, 2006 at http://ad-orientem.blogspot.com/2006_10_01_archive.html