Friday, October 7, 2011

Christ above & below

"He is at once above, and below: above in Himself, below in His people; above with the Father, below in us...[Long for] Christ above, recognize Him below. Have Christ above bestowing His fullness, recognize Him here in need. Here He is poor, there He is rich...So then Christ is rich and poor. As God He is rich, as Man poor. Yea, rich too now as Very Man, He hath ascended into heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of the Father; yet is He still poor here, is a-hungered and athirst and naked"

(St. Augustine, Serm. (de. Script. N.T.) CXXIII, iv.4; qtd. in Pryzwara 187)

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