Thursday, September 04, 2008
our own resurrection
ST GREGORY THE GREAT
Carlo Saraceni, c 1610
Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Antica, Roma
"We possess therefore the hope of our own resurrection, when we think of the glory of our Head. But so that no one in his secret heart might say: 'Christ rose from the dead because He was at the same time both God and man, that the death He suffered in His humanity, He overcame in His Divinity; but we, who are simple men, we cannot rise from this sentence of death,' at the time of Christ's Resurrection there arose, many bodies of the saints that had slept (Mt. xxvii. 52). And this took place, that He might give us in Himself a proof of our own resurrection, and confirm this by the resurrection of others who were in nature like us; so that where man might despair of attaining to what had taken place in God made man, he could expect this to happen in himself, when he knew it had happened in those whom he could not doubt were men like himself."
- Gregory the Great on The Resurrection of the Body (Job xix. 25-27) (Toal, IV, 124)