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Monday, May 02, 2005

Christ is Risen!

"Many indeed are the miracles of that time: God crucified; the sun darkened and again rekindled; for it was fitting that the creatures should suffer with their Creator; the veil rent; the Blood and Water shed from His Side; the one as from a man, the other as above man; the rocks rent for the Rock's sake; the dead raised for a pledge of the final Resurrection of all men; the Signs at the Sepulchre and after the Sepulchre, which none can worthily celebrate; and yet none of these equal to the Miracle of my salvation. A few drops of Blood recreate the whole world, and become to all men what rennet is to milk, drawing us together and compressing us into unity."

St. Gregory the Theologian (patron saint of Fr. Gregory)

This extraordinary reference to Easter (this now being the season for the Orthodox) shows just how much the resurrection of Christ means to a Christian. It's the sheer regenerative power of the resurrection which drives this faith, ("a few drops of blood recreate the whole world.") It's not that the resurrection is some sort of way off hope for a believer but rather that the whole Cosmos now has potential for life having been liberated from corruption and death.

Some people can only see corruption and death in the world, (often the eyes do not lie). To be a Christian though is to see the world through God's eyes, not blind to its tragedy but seeing beyond its tragedy to something infinitely more powerful. This faith has sustained Orthodox Christians through incredible hardship and persecution over many centuries. It is a faith that billions have lived and died for. The reason? God in Christ makes all things new. Here is a freedom from corruption and decay that is forged out of Infinite Love ... the most powerful personal reality in the Cosmos. This is the "rennet" (clotting agent) that binds, heals, restores and brings all things into unity. It is life. Eternal life.

As St. Augustine declaimed:- "We are an Easter people and 'Alleluia' is our song!"

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