O Lord Thou shalt open my lips and my mouth shall declare Thy praise.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

The Incarnation and Suffering

We are celebrating Christ's revelation of Himself as God and man. Today on the Julian Calendar it is the Feast of the Nativity and on the Gregorian Calendar yesterday was the Feast of the Theophany.

In becoming man, Christ did not degrade Himself to the level of man, rather His humanity was taken up into the Life of the Trinity. He took humanity upon Himself, not to lower Himself, but to elevate humanity. That is why Christ suffered and died: His humanity was taken up into the Self-sacrificial life He lives with the Father in Divine Love. His humanity had to die on the cross because it lived in the Sacrificial Life of the Trinity. It is a sacrifice to raise us up to the Life of the Trinity for which we were created by removing our sins from us. We are called to live a life of self-sacrifice for God's sake-to the point of martyrdom if need be-because we were created to live in the Life of the Trinity-not lives of emotional or physical pleasure. So let us rejoice because God is the Lord and has appeared to us! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord! З нами Бог! God is with us!