Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Why The Delay in His Resurrection?

But why are our death, burial, and resurrection all at the same time, for we do arise at the same moment that we are buried at baptism, whereas our Master's resurrection was delayed? He arose after three days. Why, then, does our resurrection come at once and His come more slowly?

The truth is that He did so to help us to understand that weakness is not the reason for the delay. Surely He Who could make His servant arise in an instant of time was all the more able to raise up Himself. Why, then, the delay? Why the three days in the tomb? So that the fact of His resurrection after a death which was slow in coming might, because of this delay, be established by a proof beyond all dispute.

Even now, after such strong proof, there are men who say that He only appeared to suffer. What would these men have said if there had not been such a delay in His resurrection?

St. John Chrysostom


Thursday, April 9, 2015

Verses And Fathers Sayings - The Body And Blood

And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and
broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, “Take, eat;
this is My body.” Then He took the cup, and gave thanks,
and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. For
this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many
for the remission of sins.
(Matt. 26 – 28)


Up till now, Christ who set the table, is sanctifying it Himself;
No man changes the bread and wine into the body and blood
of Christ, but Christ Himself who was crucified for us. The
priest utters the words, but the, sanctification
occurs through the power of God, and His grace; through
His words, ‘This is My body, and this is My blood’,
they are sanctified.

 St. John Chrysostom


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