Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Advent/Nativity Fast ~ Day 4 ~ Noah ~ Temples of the Living God

"Jesus Christ, the Son, Word, and Image of God, is physically and spiritually formed in the body of Mary so that He might be formed in us as well (see Gal 4:19). This is the meaning of Christmas, which is the meaning of life itself: Christ in us and we in Christ, God in us and we with God. The spirit in our hearts so that the Spirit can flow out from us, sanctifying the world around us. This is not mere symbolism, the high-blown language of the liturgy and the scriptures. This is serious business. It is a matter of life and death. Fore we are either the living vessels of God - "earthen vessels" to be sure, to show, as the apostle again affirms, that "the transcendent power belongs to God and not to us" (2 Cor 4:7) - or we are, to use the apostle's language once more, ""vessels of wrath" to be destroyed in our wickedness by God's righteous glory (Rom 9:22)."
~ Father Thomas Hopko ~ The Winter Pascha ~

"O my brethren, how feeble are words when one needs to speak of the love of Christ - words are never weaker than in this situation. Indeed what can one say before such astounding proofs of His love? He created us out of love, He was Incarnate out of love, and out of love He accepted mockery and death for our sake. He opened the Heavens for us out of love, and He revealed to us the immortal glory prepared for us! Even all this is only a part of the inexhaustible wealth, glory, beauty and life-creating sustenance that is the love of Christ. Oh, if only we too would be made worthy by faith, so that the Lord Jesus would enter our hearts, and that we would taste of His ineffable love!"
~ Bishop Nikolai Velimirovic ~ The Prologue from Orchid ~

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