Monday, January 05, 2009

St. Basil on Light, Life and Love (379 AD)

J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R.*

"Let us strive to comprehend the mystery. The reason God is in the flesh is to kill the death that lurks there. As diseases are cured by medicines assimilated by the body, and as darkness in a house is dispelled by the coming of light, so death, which held sway over human nature, is done away with by the coming of God. And as ice formed on water covers its surface as long as night and darkness last but melts under the warmth of the sun, so death reigned until the coming of Christ; but when the grace of God our Savior appeared and the Sun of Justice rose, death was swallowed up in victory, unable to bear the presence of true life. How great is God’s goodness, how deep his love for us!"

-- St. Basil the Great, Homily on Christ’s Ancestry

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The Eastern lung of the universal Church has theology that speaks to the essence and energies of the Triune God. Light, Life and Love are three of the quintessential energies, that "mirror" the essence of the Father Son and Holy Spirit.

To know how God works in Creation—how He witnesses his Light, Life and Love in revelation—is central to our understanding of how we too are called to be the "light of the world" and the "salt of the earth."
Happy New Year!

Sincerely yours in Jesus and Mary,
Mike Rizzio, SOLT

Imitate Mary
Become like Jesus
Live for the Triune God

Seek the Light of Our Lord Jesus Christ
See you on the High Ground!

* - J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R. stands for: Jesus, Mary and Joseph;
O Beata Trinitas; St. Michael, St. Gabriel and St. Raphael


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Mike Rizzio said...


Thanks for the show of support!

God Bless You!