It is inconceivable – or, rather, impossible – that life should not give life to those into whom it enters.

Posted on July 7, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Saint Cyril of Alexandria (380-444), Bishop, Doctor of the Church
Commentary on Saint John’s Gospel, 4; PG 73, 560

As soon as Christ has entered us with his own flesh,
we shall be wholly brought to life.
It is inconceivable – or, rather, impossible –
that life should not give life to those into whom it enters.

Just as people put a cover over a burning brand
taken from a heap of straw so as to keep the spark
of fire going,
so our Lord Jesus Christ conceals the life within us
with his own flesh and sets,
as it were, a seed of immortality there
that casts out all the corruption we bear within us.

So it is not just by his word that he brings about
the resurrection of the dead.
To show that his body gives life, as we said,
he touches corpses and gives life with his own body
to bodies already in process of decomposition.

If the touch of his sacred flesh alone
restores life to these dead people,
what benefit shall we not find
in his life-giving eucharist when we receive it!…

It would not be enough if only our souls were to be
regenerated into new life by the Spirit.
Our solid, earthly body also has to be made holy
by its participation in a body that is
as solid as our own and of the same origin,
and it, too, must thus be called to incorruptibility.

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