Monday, June 20, 2005

What's in a Name?

Here's a rich passage from St Gregory of Nyssa, which appears in today's Office of Readings,just another example of Beauty:

"Paul teaches us the power of Christ's name, when he calls him the power and wisdom of God, our peace, the unapproachable light where God dwells, our expiation and redemption, our great high priest, our paschal sacrifice, our propitiation; when he declares him to be the radiance of god's glory, the very pattern of his nature, the creator of all ages, our spiritual food and drink, the rock and the water, the bedrock of our faith, the cornerstone, the visible image of the invisible God. He goes on to speak of him as the mighty God, the head of his body, the Church, the firstborn of the new creation, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep, the firstborn of the dead, the eldest of many brothers; he tells us that Christ is the mediator between God and man, the only-begotten Son crowned with glory and honor, the Lord of Glory, the beginning of all things, the king of justice and of peace, the king of the whole universe, ruling a realm that has no limits."

St Gregory goes on to say that just as the Name of Christ implies all these epithets, so too the name of "Christian" for each of us should reflect the glories of Christ's Name. What a stab of Beauty!

So how can you or I be the radiance of God's glory, or a paschal sacrifice, or a new creation, or justice, or peace?

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