Here we encounter the profound mystery of Christ: He is Light (John 8:12), He is Life (John 14:6), He is the Resurrection (John 11:25), He is the Word (John 1:1), He is our Benefactor (Hebrews 2:18), Liberator (John 8:32) and Redeemer (Galatians 3:13), the Sun of Righteousness (Malachi 4:2) and the Impassible One (John 8:7) (without sins/passions). In a phrase, Christ is all and in all (Colossians 3:11). We are corrupt, we are ungrateful, we are in captivity, we are sitting in darkness, we are dead (emotionally, spiritually and physically) and we are fallen.
All these descriptions of Christ warrant deep contemplation individually, but we will focus on one: Christ is Life. In today’s world where so many brilliant scientific discoveries are made all the time, we still do not have the answer to this fundamental question: What is life? Many a great scientist have studied life and its origins: Darwin, Lamarck, Dawkins, Watson, Crick, Mendel, and the list goes on. Yet the question remains:
|"I am the Resurrection and the Life...Do you believe this?" (John 11: 25)|
Indeed, when we partake in the Sacramental life of the Church, we can say the same thing. That is the reason why we are brothers and sisters in Christ; not because we have a common ancestor, but because Christ’s blood runs in our veins and He abides in us (John 15:4).
So, Christ through His extreme humility lived among us, for our sake. What else can we possibly chant to Him except these words from the Psalms (Psalm 116:12):
What can we possibly give the Lord Almighty, the Omnipotent, the Omniscient, the All-Good, our Creator, for giving us Life, Light, Redemption, Resurrection?
Repeating the eternal words of St John Chrysostom: