Wednesday, May 02, 2018

Athanasius: witnesses to the Incarnation

Wednesday, May 2, 2018
    Feast of St. Athanasius, Bishop of Alexandria, Teacher, 373
    [Jesus:] “The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life—only to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.”
    —John 10:17-18 (NIV)
    Both from the confession of the evil spirits and from the daily witness of His works, it is manifest, then, and let none presume to doubt it, that the Savior has raised His own body, and that He is very Son of God, having His being from God as from a Father, Whose Word and Wisdom and Whose Power He is. He it is Who in these latter days assumed a body for the salvation of us all, and taught the world concerning the Father. He it is Who has destroyed death and freely graced us all with incorruption through the promise of the resurrection, having raised His own body as its first-fruits, and displayed it by the sign of the cross as the monument to His victory over death and its corruption.
    ... St. Athanasius (293?-373), The Incarnation of the Word of God [4th century], St Vladimir’s Seminary Press, 1996, XXXII, p. 63 (see the book)
    See also John 10:17-18; Ps. 16:10; Isa. 25:7-8; John 2:19-21 ;Acts 2:31-32; 13:34-35; 1 Cor. 15:20-26,54-55; Heb. 2:14-15
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You are life’s source.
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