Romans 6, part 3

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Romans 6, part 2

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Romans 6, part 1

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Romans 5:12-21

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Christ as us: Symeon the New Theologian

I found this poem the other day about how our union with Christ is so close and intimate that we might even say that He lives His life as us:

Hymn 15
“We awaken in Christ’s body”
by Symeon the New Theologian (ca. 970-1022 AD)

English version by Stephen Mitchell

We awaken in Christ’s body
as Christ awakens our bodies,
and my poor hand is Christ, He enters
my foot, and is infinitely me.

I move my hand, and wonderfully
my hand becomes Christ, becomes all of Him
(for God is indivisibly
whole, seamless in His Godhood).

I move my foot, and at once
He appears like a flash of lightning.
Do my words seem blasphemous? — Then
open your heart to Him

and let yourself receive the one
who is opening to you so deeply.
For if we genuinely love Him,
we wake up inside Christ’s body

where all our body, all over,
every most hidden part of it,
is realized in joy as Him,
and He makes us, utterly, real,

and everything that is hurt, everything
that seemed to us dark, harsh, shameful,
maimed, ugly, irreparably
damaged, is in Him transformed

and recognized as whole, as lovely,
and radiant in His light
he awakens as the Beloved
in every last part of our body.

from The Enlightened Heart: An Anthology of Sacred Poetry, by Stephen Mitchell

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God’s Holy Fire and Spirit of Wisdom

 

 

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Creation, God’s Choice, and His Holy Fire

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