Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Heaven and Earth Are Joined in Christ

For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.  (Col 1:19-20)

He it was who brought about our reconciliation by undergoing saving passion, shedding the blood, and offering the sacrifice for us; and he joined heavenly things to earthly.  The choirs of angels, you see, had been alienated from us on account of the great wickedness.  For this reason at his birth they raised their voices and offered a hymn to God in the words, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will to men!"

Theodoret of Cyrus, "The Letter to the Colossians"

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