Christ is All and in All

“Christianity involves a state of tension, very unlike the ‘relaxation’ of oriental meditations; it is a tension that takes as its model the person of Christ outstretched on the cross. This tension exists between today and tomorrow, between the old and the new, between the world and what is not of the world; it involves being in time and beyond time, in contemplation yet present to one’s neighbor, being detached yet caring for the matters of this world, awaiting Christ yet contributing to culture. The Resurrection, the Ascension and Pentecost all condition our behavior. If God entered into time so as to lead us out from it, it is not in order to remove us from history, because we must not forget either the Incarnation or human reality. On the contrary, God has opened our existence to eternity, which penetrates and transfigures time. As for the Logos of creation, He is the same in the Incarnation, in the Resurrection and at the Parousia: ‘I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end’ (Rev. 21:6). Christ is all things for us, as St Ambrose of Milan emphasizes: ‘If you wish to heal your wound, He is a physician. If you have a burning fever, He is a fountain. If you are in need of help, He is strength. If you fear death, He is life. If you are fleeing darkness, He is light. If you are hungry, He is food’.”  (Michel Quenot, The Resurrection and the Icon, pg. 242)