Sunday, April 20, 2014

An Easter Meditation by Bede Griffiths

So if you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth, for you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life is revealed, then you also will be revealed with him in glory.
- Colossians 3.1-4 NRSV (Epistle reading for Easter).
For Easter, I want to share the thoughts of Dom Bede Griffiths, my favorite spiritual writer, which are taken from his book, Return to the Center. These passages are from chapter Six, Sin and Redemption, and chapter 14, Death and Resurrection.
"When Christ was hanging on the cross,  He experienced the pain of the whole world, from the beginning to the end of time, because He experienced it in the Word, which is before all things, and in all things, and above all things. By this suffering the pain of the whole world was reconciled to God, brought into unity of the divine life...
"He took upon Himself the sin and suffering of the whole world; He recapitulated all its stages and brought it into the consciousness of the Word. This is the meaning of redemption. Each of us was 'in Christ' on the cross, just as each of us was in Adam when he sinned. We bear the sin of Adam in us - the sin of man -but in Christ our human consciousness has been opened to the divine...
"There is no such thing as individual salvation.  We are saved as members of a Body, of an organic whole, of man and the universe. Just as we are 'born in sin,' as members of fallen humanity, so we are born in Christ, as members of His Body, of redeemed humankind. 'As in Adam all die, so also in Christ, shall all be made alive (1 Corinthians 15.22).'
"When Jesus surrendered His life on the cross, He brought to fulfillment this movement of the human soul; He accomplished the total surrender of humankind to God, of the human to the divine; He achieved the final death of the self to the world and raised it to eternal life in the resurrection."

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