A New Birth
If anyone were to ask me:
Why do we pray, why do we fast, why do we all perform our devotions and good works, why are we baptized, why did God, the All-Highest, take on our flesh?
Then I would reply: In order that God may be born in the soul and the soul be born in God.
That is why the whole of Scripture is written and why God created the whole world and all the order of angels: so that God could be born in the soul and the soul in God.
Meister Eckhart, from Sermon 2 in Meister Eckhart: Selected Writings, ed & trans. O Davies.