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Christian as another Christ-St Gregory of Nyssa

The Christian is Another Christ

St. Gregory of Nyssa

Early Church Father & Doctor of the Church

 

Gregory of Nyssa, Early CHurch Father and Doctor of the Church

This reading on the Christian as another Christ is an excerpt from a treatise on Christian Perfection (PG 46, 254-255) by St. Gregory of Nyssa, bishop and Father of the Early Church. It is used in the Roman Office of Readings on Monday in the 12th week in ordinary time with I Samuel 17:1-51 as the accompanying biblical reading.

 

No one has known Christ better than Paul, nor surpassed him in the careful example he gave of what anyone should be who bears Christís name. So precisely did he mirror his Master that he became his very image. By a painstaking imitation, he was transformed into his model and it seemed to be no longer Paul who lived and spoke, but Christ himself. He shows his keen awareness of this grace when he refers to the Corinthiansí desire for proof that Christ was speaking in him; as he says: It is no longer I who live: it is Christ who lives in me.

 

Paul teaches us the power of Christís name when he calls him the power and wisdom of God, our peace, the unapproachable light where God dwells, our expiation and redemption, our great high priest, our paschal sacrifice, our propitiation; when he declares him to be the radiance of Godís glory, the very pattern of his nature, the creator of all ages, our spiritual food and drink, the rock and the water, the bedrock of our faith, the cornerstone, the visible image of the invisible God. He goes on to speak of him as the mighty God, the head of his body, the Church, the firstborn of the new creation, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep, the firstborn of the dead, the eldest of many brothers; he tells us that Christ is the mediator between God and man, the only begotten Son crowned with glory and honor, the Lord of glory, the beginning of all things, the king of justice and of peace, the king of the whole universe, ruling a realm that has no limits.

 

Paul calls Christ by many other titles too numerous to recall here. Their cumulative force will give some conception of the marvelous content of the name "Christ," revealing to us his inexpressible majesty, insofar as our minds and thought can comprehend it. Since, by the goodness of God, we who are called "Christians" have been granted the honor of sharing this name, the greatest, the highest, the most sublime fo all names, it follows that each of the titles that express its meaning should be clearly reflected in us. If we are not to lie when we call ourselves "Christians," we must bear witness to it by our way of living.

 

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The Early Church Fathers succeeded in bringing a Pagan society to Christ. If we pay attention to what they taught, we will succeed in doing the same for our own de-Christianized society!

 

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