Theophany: Prefiguring the Death and Resurrection

“Water is not only a symbol of life, it is the sine qua non of biological life. Christ’s baptism in water was a prefiguring of his life-giving death, burial, and resurrection. The Suffering One was also, in effect, cleansing and healing the whole of creation by his baptism in the Jordan River. The water of our own baptisms was and is fundamentally different  because of his being baptized. Our healing begins with baptism in which we enter a new life in Christ. ‘Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.’ ” (Daniel B. Hinshaw, M.D., Suffering and the Nature of Healing, pg. 243)


2 thoughts on “Theophany: Prefiguring the Death and Resurrection

    1. Fr. Ted

      The book does a lot of case study approach to issues, which is not my favorite kind of reading. I thought the book started strong and made very clear that in the early church the response to illness was not cure alone, but care (love) for the sick. This attitude of care rather than cure might help us deal better with the ill, with addicts, with sinners. There may be no cure for some of our physical and spiritual ailments and so we are faced with the longer and harder path of care. We like cures, especially ones that are quick and easy – take a pill and all will be well. Actually having to care for others is far more demanding which is probably why we don’t always want to do it.

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