Bright Monday (2015)

Christ is risen!   Truly He is risen!

Pascha is not simply a onetime event, even if a spectacular divine resurrection from the dead!   Pascha is what we live daily and in eternity: humanity permanent united to God. Even death itself cannot break that union.

“The purpose and the entire mission of the incarnate Word is prompted by God’s love for the world, an unconditional love willing to risk the death of the only Son on the cross (John 3:16). Christ lived and died for the sake of the world. ‘In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world so that we might live through him’ (1 John 4:9). The eternal Word became flesh, he taught and healed, that the intimate unity and love between the Father and the Son might be shared with those who turn to the Son and to his saving work with faith and love (John 17:20-26). The life of the believer is intended to be an unceasing Pascha of love in union with the Father and the Son. ‘If one loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him’ (14:23).”   (Theodore Stylianopoulos, ENCOURAGED BY THE SCRIPTURES, pp 6-7)

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