Saturday, May 02, 2009

Athanasius: permeation of the Word

May 2, 2009
    Feast of St. Athanasius, Bishop of Alexandria, Teacher, 373

    For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son to have life in himself.
    -- John 5:26 (NIV)

    A man’s personality actuates and quickens his whole body. If anyone said it was unsuitable for the man’s power to be in the toe, he would be thought silly, because, while granting that a man penetrates and actuates the whole of his body, he denied his presence in the part. Similarly, no one who admits the presence of the Word of God in the universe as a whole should think it unsuitable for a single human body to be by Him actuated and enlightened.
    ... St. Athanasius (293?-373), On the incarnation, St Vladimir’s Seminary Press, 1996, p. 77 (see the book)

Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, I am never apart from You.

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