Monday, September 15, 2008
From the Homily:
". . . it is the benefits that flow from the cross of Christ that bring us here. We are marked with the sign of the cross in holy Baptism. For us the preached message of the cross is the power of God. In the Holy Supper we proclaim the Lord's death until He comes again. Through these means we receive the forgiveness of sins and life which is God's foolishness and God's weakness and which is our salvation. Without the cross there is no forgiveness of sins and salvation, no deposit of faith, no church. All of these benefits are fed by the grain of wheat that falls onto the ground and dies . . ."
From St. Irenaeus:
"A cutting from the vine planted in the ground bears fruit in its season, or a kernel of wheat falling into the earth and becoming decomposed rises and is multiplied by the Spirit of God, who contains all things. And then, through the wisdom of God, it serves for our use when, after receiving the Word of God, it becomes the Eucharist, which is the body and blood of Christ. In the same way our bodies, being nourished by it, and deposited in the earth and suffering decomposition there, shall rise at their appointed time . . . This is so because the strength of God is made perfect in weakness in order that we may never become puffed up, as if we had life from ourselves . . ."
(Against Heresies 5.2.3; cited in ACCS, IVb, 60)