Tuesday, January 02, 2024

Basil: brethren

Tuesday, January 2, 2024
    Feast of Basil the Great & Gregory Nazianzen, Bishops, Teachers, 379 & 389
    Commemoration of Seraphim, Monk of Sarov, Mystic, Staretz, 1833
    For if, when we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life
    —Romans 5:10 (NIV)
    Though we were not His brethren, but were enemies through wicked works, yet [Jesus], being not man alone, but God, after He Himself has given us freedom, calls us brethren. He who redeemed us was, if we consider His nature, neither our brother nor man; but if we regard His gracious condescension to us, He calls us brethren and descends to humanity.
    ... St. Basil the Great (330?-379), Homily on Ps. XLVIII, quoted in Saint Basil the Great, Richard T. Smith, London: Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 1879, p. 109-110 (see the book)
    See also Rom. 5:10; Ps. 49:7-9; Isa. 52:3; Rom. 3:25-26; 8:3; 1 Cor. 6:19-20; Col. 1:21-23; 1 Pet. 2:22; 1 John 4:19
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, we call You brother and savior.
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