a bit monkish.
I still further desire to know why He came to us, and we didn't go to him. The need was on our side, and it's not usual for the rich to go to the poor, even though they want to help them. It would have made more sense for us to go to him, but there were two obstacles in our way: 1) Our eyes were darkened while He dwelt in light inaccessible; and 2) We lay as paralytics on our beds so we couldn't raise ourselves to the Divine height. This is why our most gracious Savior and Healer of souls both descended to us from His lofty throne and dimmed His brilliance for our weak eyes. He clothed Himself with His most glorious and spotless body as like a shade around a lamp, thus clouding His splendor from us. This is that bright and shining cloud upon which the Lord was to descend upon Egypt, as the Prophet Isaiah foretold (Isaiah 19:1)
-- Bernard of Clairvaux, On the Lord's Advent, 1.8