Sunday, April 20, 2014

Clement of Rome on the Resurrection of Christ

Christ is Risen! Truly He is Risen! These are the words with which we greet each other for 40 days after Easter. We identify that God continually shows us in nature that there will be a resurrection. St. Clement of Rome comments on this important topic First Epistle to the Corinthians (Chapter XXIV):


“Let us consider, beloved, how the Lord continually proves to us that there shall be a future resurrection, of which He has rendered the Lord Jesus Christ the first fruits by raising Him from the dead. Let us contemplate, beloved, the resurrection which is at all times taking place. Day and night declare to us a resurrection. The night sinks to sleep, and the day arises; the day again departs, and the night comes on. Let us behold the fruits of the earth, how the sowing of grain takes place. The sower goes forth, and casts it into the ground; and the seed being thus scattered, through dry and naked when it fell upon the earth, is gradually dissolved. Then out of this dissolution the mighty power of the providence of the Lord raises it up again, and from one seed many arise and bring forth fruit”.

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