Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Nicholas Kabasilas : THE OLD AND THE NEW ADAM

INDEED man's nature was created in the beginning for the new man, and mind and desire toward the new man were built. We were given thinking in order to know Christ; desire, in order to run to Him; memory, to remember Him, because even in the time of our creation, it was He that was our archetype. Because the old man was not the exemplar of the new, but the new Adam was the exemplar of the old. (...) And while the one brought in the imperfect life, that needs a thousand aids, the other became for men the father of immortal life.

Our nature harried from the beginning to immortality, but it arrived to it afterwards in our Savior’s body, Who by Himself resurrected it from the dead to the immortal life. He was the leader of immortality for our kind. And to complete my word, it was the Savior first and only Him who showed us the real man, the perfect in ways and life and everything. (...) As for how we will be able to direct our attention and gaze at Him continuously, let our thinking be always a prayer to Him. In any case, they don't need special preparations and locations nor cries those who pray to Him. For there isn't any place where He is not present, nor is it possible not to be with us, He who, be certain, is closer to those that call Him than than they are to their heart. Hence, that He will answer our prayers we can also be perfectly sure, and be not afraid, but have courage, because the one whom we call upon is good. (...) We don't call our Lord to honor us, but to have mercy on us and love us. (...) We call God through our tongue and our will and thoughts, so that upon all our sins we may be able to put the only saving medicine, because he says that "there isn't any other name in which we can be saved." [Acts 4.12]

It will be enough for all of these the real bread, it will give us strength in our labor, it will remove the laziness that has grown in our hearts, the one that supports man's heart, He who has come from the heaven to bring us the life, Whom we must have the need to eat everywhere, all times, in all ways, and while we have this dinner constantly, to keep the work of preserving hunger.


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