Saturday, November 9, 2013

Christianity as the proclamation of joy!

“From its beginning Christianity has been the proclamation of joy, of the only possible joy on earth…Without the proclamation of this joy Christianity is incomprehensible. It is only as joy that the Church was victorious in the world, and it lost the world when it lost the joy, when it ceased to be a credible witness to it. Of all accusations against Christians, the most terrible one was uttered by Nietzsche when he said that Christianity had no joy… ‘For behold, I bring you tidings of great joy’ – thus begins the Gospel, and its end is ‘And they worshipped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy…’ (Luke 2:10, 24:52). And we must recover the meaning of this great joy”[1].

[1] Schmemann, Alexander, For the Life of the World, (New York, St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press, 1988), p. 24

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