Friday, April 6, 2012

You Are What You Eat: True Food and True Drink

A sweet fragrance becomes part of a person's mouth while nothing else can be worse than the bad odor of garlic.  Since every filth of sin is foul-smelling, the virtue of Christ on the other hand is a pleasant odor [2 Cor 2:15], for a loving disposition unites a person with the object of his love.  We become what we love, either a good or foul odor of Christ.  The person who loves beauty will become beautiful once he has been transformed by the good he received.  The ever-existing [God] desires to give himself to us as food in order to transform us into what he is.  "My flesh is food indeed, and my blood is drink indeed" [Jn 6:55].  Thus the person who loves this flesh is not sensual, and he who is well disposed to this blood will be cleansed from physical blood.  The Word's flesh and the blood of the person in this flesh do not constitute one grace only; rather, it is sweet for whomever tastes it, yearned for by whomever desires it and lusted after by whoever loves it.

Gregory of Nyssa, Eighth Homily on Ecclesiastes

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