Grave and Urgent

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10 January 2019

Jesus is among us as the “one who saves.” He is what his names indicate. Furthermore, it is “today,” this very day, that salvation comes to us.

Gregory of Nyssa (335-395) captures the gravity and urgency of the matter:

Sick, our nature demanded to be healed; fallen, to be raised up; dead, to rise again. We had lost the possession of goodness; it was necessary for it to be given back to us.

Closed in darkness, it was necessary to bring us the light; captives, we awaited a Saviour; prisoners, help; slaves, a liberator (CCC 457).


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