What the light of Christ teaches us

Transfiguration

At the start of his gospel, John refers to Christ as "[t]he true light that enlightens every man." He was likely an old man when he penned the line, and I can't help but wonder if his mind traveled back to an experience of his youth, during the earthly ministry of Jesus, one in which he experienced that light in a supernatural way.Jesus had at times a large entourage, but he revealed certain things to small and select group of disciples. Matthew, Mark, and Luke all tell about the time that … [Read more...]

Meditation on the cross

Doug1021, Flickr.

Terrible stake of execution, Blessed compass and signpostTerrible thorn of the curse, Blessed tree of lifeTerrible wonder of angels, Blessed routing of demonsTerrible burden of the servant, Blessed announcement of the kingTerrible bitter draught, Blessed wood that sweetens foul watersTerrible nails and spear, Blessed ark and olive branchTerrible scandal of offense, Blessed road to salvationTerrible scorn and humiliation, Blessed hope of victoryTerrible … [Read more...]

The consolation of the cross

Rembrandt, 'The Raising of the Cross'

Orthodox Christians this week mark the Sunday of the Holy Cross.At the midpoint of Lent, the church makes a special point of placing the cross before us to console and embolden believers en route to Pascha, or Easter. Through its veneration and contemplation we gain strength for the journey, its upthrust beam like a staff of support. And yet, the cross is a tool of death. Why turn our minds and hearts toward such a dread instrument?C. S. Lewis once observed that "crucifixion" and … [Read more...]


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