Today is the festival of Irenaeus of Lyons. He demonstrated what he preached – that the church as it holds to its tradition of faith is united through the generations. Apart from changing the gendered language, what more do we need to say than this?

For it was for this end that the Word of God was made man, and He who was the Son of God became the Son of man, that man, having been taken into the Word, and receiving the adoption, might become the son of God. For by no other means could we have attained to incorruptibility and immortality, unless we had been united to incorruptibility and immortality. But how could we be joined to incorruptibility and immortality, unless, first, incorruptibility and immortality had become that which we also are, so that the corruptible might be swallowed up by incorruptibility, and the mortal by immortality, that we might receive the adoption of sons? (Against Heresies, III, 19).

Or even more simply

Our Lord Jesus Christ, the word of God, out of his boundless love. became what we are that he might make us what he himself is. (Ibid., V, preface)