Wednesday, March 13, 2013

The Life-Giving Word

How could humanity on earth, enslaved by death, recover its wholeness? It was necessary to give to dead flesh the ability to share in the life-giving power of God. Now the  life-giving power of God is the Word, the only Son...He, though he is Life by nature, took a body subject to decay in order to destroy in it the power of death and transform it into life. As iron when it is brought in contact with fire immediately begins to share its color, so flesh when it has received the life-giving Word into itself is set free from corruption. Thus he put on our flesh to set it free from death.                                                        Saint Cyril of Alexandria

Photograph by Charles O'Connor